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The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Spring 2004 



in this issue 


Commencement Speaker 


Message from the President 


New Trustees & Overseers 



Connected Learning 



Campus Update 


Bragdon II Campaign 


Alumni Affairs 



Annual Fund 



Lasell Village 





Class Notes 

A Fresh New Look 

Lasell Leaves is sporting a brand new 
look — airier, fresher, and more 
contemporary. We think it captures 
the spirit of the dramatic educational 
evolution the College has experienced 
since its founding in 1851. We'll still be 
providing you with your favorite news. 
Our redesigned Leaves will continue to 
highlight the people at Lasell, focus on 
trends on campus, and spotlight aspects 
of college life that make the Lasell 
experience so unique. 

We hope you enjoy the new format. 
Please email us at to 
let us know what you think. 

Special Issue 

Responding Creatively to the 
Challenges of the 2ist Century 

What a brave new world it has 
become. Manual typewriters and even 
Selectrics (remember those?) have 
given way to computers and laptops 
and Personal Digital Assistants and 
even smaller, faster and smarter hand- 
helds. One keystroke can propel huge 
amounts of information through 
Cyberspace in an instant. Life in this 
new miUenniimi — with its array of 
sturming scientific and technological 
advances — has brought with it a host 

of new challenges and reordered the way 
we play, the way we learn and study; 
certainly the way we communicate, and 
even the way we interact. 

Much of this bold new way of doing 
and living is exhilarating and even fim, 
but every exciting opportunity brings 
with it a new set of challenges and even 
danger. In our little microcosm of Lasell 
College, faculty and staff are absorbing 
and adopting new ways of teaching, 

connecting, and communicating. 
The following stories, which can be 
found below and on pages 3 and 4, 

• Staying Ahead of the Technology Wave 

• Human Resources 

• Food Services 

give a sense of how people on campus 
are responding to the requisites of a 
demanding new world. ^W 


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Noted Medical Journalist 

Dr. Timothy Johnson to be Commencement Speaker 

T)r. Timothy Johnson 

Dr. Timothy Johnson, who has 
achieved distinction as one of the 
nation's leading medical communicators 

of health care information, will be the 
speaker at this year's commencement 
on Sunday, May 16 at 11 a.m., on 
Taylor Field. Dr. Johnson has provided 
commentary on medical problems and 
answers for viewers of ABC News 
"Good Morning America" since the 
program's debut in November 1975. 

In addition to his commentary on 
"Good Morning America," Dr. Johnson 
provides on-air analysis of medical news 
for "World News Tonight," "Nightline," 
and "20/20." He consults with ABC 
News regarding medical coverage. 

Dr. Johnson holds joint positions in 
medicine at Harvard University and 
Massachusetts General Hospital in 
Boston, placing him in the mainstieam 
of the nation's top medical resources. 
He is also the founding editor of the 

Harvard Medical School Health Letter and 
co-editor of the Harvard Medical School 
Health Letter Book. 

Originally headed for the ministry, 
he graduated in 1963 from the North 
Park Seminary, but two years later 
decided to enter medicine. A Phi Beta 
Kappa graduate of Augustana College, 
he graduated summa cum laude firom 
Albany Medical College and holds a 
Master's degree in public health from 
Harvard University. 

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Nancy Arm, 
reside in a suburb of Boston. He is the 
father of two children — one of whom 
is a Lasell College alumna — and serves 
as assisting minister of the Community 
Covenant Church in West Peabody, 
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 

Staying Ahead of the Technology Wave 

Technology can be pure bliss when it 
works silently and speedily, redefining the 
word "eflBciency" by crunching numbers, 
sorting databases, transmitting documents 
to every geographical locale, printing firom 
one desktop to a giant press a continent 
away, and ensuring instantaneous com- 
munication around the globe. 

Computers, the Internet, email, and 
cell phone technologies have trans- 
formed how we work and play. But 
there is a dark side to all this progress 
that sometimes makes Information 
Technology (IT) professionals long for 
the "good old days" prior to the Internet. 
Well, not quite, but listen to Lasell's 

Chief Information Officer, Deborah 
Gelch, who has been overseeing the 
College's growing IT systems since Jime 
of 1998, and has experienced first-hand 
the roller coaster ride that new technolo- 
gies have unleashed on the world. 

Continued on page 3 

Message from the President 

Innovation and Transformation at Lasell 

■ his issue of the Leaves focuses on 
Lasell's response to the emerging 
challenges of the new century. Higher 
education is being called upon to 
nurture innovation and transform how 
students acquire and use knowledge. 
Students brought up on MTV, video 
games, cell phones, and instant 
messaging are not going to respond 
well to the static classroom model where 
faculty transmit and students absorb 
information. Young people respond to 
interactive educational experiences, 
group projects, and interdisciplinary 

As an institution that gained, lost, and 
regained its reputation based on an 
innovative approach to education, Lasell 
must remain ahead of the curve. Faculty 
are supported through cutting edge 
information technology and extensive 
professional development opportunities 

to "teach outside the box." Students 
from different disciplines - such as 
psychology and computer science - 
work on common assignments such 
as the Living Documents Project, where 
oral histories of remarkable Village 
residents are created on CD-ROMs. 

Faculty act more as consultants and 
advisors, helping students to identify 
problems, search for information and 
formulate solutions, thereby creating 
knowledge, not just absorbing it. 

As an administration, we need to be 
creative as well, whether this means 
tackling the exploding demand for more 
computer bandwidth or attempting 
to restrict file sharing and music 
downloading. Fundraising has moved 
to cyber space, with sophisticated online 
giving, although nothing will ever 
replace the human touch. Dining 

Services faces changing eating patterns, 
diet fads, and threats of food contamina- 
tion. And, of course, everyone expects us 
to deliver a higher quality overall college 
experience at a lower cost. 

I hope you enjoy this issue, with engag- 
ing stories of how Lasell is dealing with 
life in the new millennium. As always, 
I enjoy your comments and suggestions 
addressed to 


Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 

New Trustees and Overseers Elected 

Lasell College is pleased to welcome 
several new members to the Board of 
Trustees and Board of Overseers. 

Board of Trustees 

Stefan F. Evers is currently the Director 
of Customer Advocacy at Computer 

Associates in 
Associates is a $3 
_^^^^ billion software and 

\ ^^^LT /»*■ services corporation 

based out of 
Islandia, New York. Mr. Evers manages 
a team responsible for resolving all 
contractual and technical disputes and 
ensuring overall customer satisfaction 
in the six state New England area. Mr. 
Evers previously has held executive and 
software sales management positions 
with Transcentive Corporation, 
Softchoice, and SPSS Inc. 

A graduate of Rochester Institute 
of Technology, he received his Master 
of Business Administration degree 
from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 
Mr. Evers has also served in a 
management capacity for Kaboom 
and Habitat for Himianity. 

Dr. Karel Liem is 

the Henry Bryant 
Bigelow Professor 
of Ichthyology, 
Curator of 
Ichthyology, and 
Professor of 
Biology at Harvard University. Prior 
to his Harvard appointment, Dr. Liem 
was on the faculty of the University of 
Chicago, and was the Associate Curator 
in charge of Vertebrate Anatomy at 
Chicago's Field Museum of Natural 
History. He was Master of Dunster 
House at Harvard College from 
1989 - 2001. 

Dr. Liem has been a trustee of the 
New England Aquarium since 1988 
and is a member of the American 
Association for the Advancement of 
Sciences and the American Association 
of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. 
He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from 
the University of Illinois in Urbana. 

Prior to her 
election to the 
Board of Trustees, 
Martha Garshman 
Specter '71 was 
a member of the 
Board of Overseers. 
A strong supporter of Lasell, she is 
one of the youngest members of the 
Heritage Society and gave generously 
to both the Winslow Renovation Project 

and to the Campaign for Bragdon. After 
graduating from Lasell, Ms. Spector 
received her A. A. S.N. degree from 
Regents College in New York and 
worked in nursing for 22 years. 

Lynn Blodgett 
WiUiamson '46 

was elected 
trustee emerita 
in October 
2002. She 
served on the 
Board of 
Trustees from 1988 - 2003 and 
was Chairman of the Student Life 
Committee and a member of the 
Development Committee. She also 
served as President of the Alumni 
Association and was Chairman 
of the Lasell Annual Fund for two 

consecutive years. 


Renewing their membership on the 
Board of Trustees are Carol C. 
Cacciamani '65 and Champe Fisher. 

Board of Overseers 

Three new members were appointed 
to the Board of Overseers. Kathleen 
Hegenbart was formerly a member of 
the Board of Trustees where she was 
Chair of the Investment Committee. 
She is a Vice President of Smith Barney 

and a former member of the 
Massachusetts Governor's Commission 

on Women, where she headed a task 
force addressing the economic issues 
dealing with the displaced homemaker. 

Elisse Allinson Share '65 served as 
the Chairperson of the Lasell College 
Annual Fund from 1996-2003, and was 
instrumental in getting the message out 
to alumni about Lasell's vitality and 
academic quality. She was elected to the 
Board of Trustees in 1994 and in 1998 
she established an endowed scholarship 
with her daughter Jennifer '98. 

Beverly J. Smith is a professor of under- 
graduate education at Lesley University, 
Cambridge, MA. She received her 
Ph.D. from Harvard University, with a 
concentration in teaching, curriculum, 
and learning envirormients. She is a 
noted poet, writer, and comimentator 
on issues of black achievement, gender 
studies, and inclusive/multicultural 
curriculum. Previously, Dr. Smith 
served on Lasell's Board of Trustees. ■« 

2 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 

SpecidI Issue Responding Creatively to the Challenges of the 21st Century 


Continued from page i 

Chief Information Officer Deborah Gelch 

"When I first began this job, our main 
focxis was on bioilding the technological 
uifrastructure of the College. We wired 
residence halls, classrooms, administra- 
tive buildings, and Lasell Village to one 
campus network. 

"The latest technologies were incorporat- 
ed into 'smarf classrooms, giving faculty 
the opportunity to sustain an engaging, 
challenging learning environment 
throughout the curriculum. Five years 
ago, we would have never imagined that 
our issues would revolve aroimd protect- 
ing and maintaining the infrastructure 
we worked so hard to build. The industry 
'Ucic; oVtri-rjged radically," DeboraK Gelcli 

says. "For all of us, the challenge has 
gone from finding simple and direct 
solutions to in-house technology problems 
to considering how outside threats to 
our systems might wreak havoc on our 
entire communications system." 


Five years ago, Lasell was operating with 
five servers, a few shared software pro- 
grams, and no virus protection software. 
Today we operate with hundreds of 
shared applications, more than 27 
servers, and very sophisticated security 
systems that are looking for and alerting 
us to security breach attempts such as 

viruses, spam, hackers, adware, and 
much more. Over the past five years, we 
have increased our bandwidth five-fold 
to absorb the increased demand for 
computing and Internet connectivity 
throughout the campus. Deborah Geldis 
staff has grown from three to six com- 
puter professionals who work as a team 
to keep systems operating at their peak. 

Deborah finds herself in the odd 
position of having to play Sherlock 
Holmes in her capacity as IT chief 
The scenarios she must guard against 
can be crippling to the entire Lasell 
enterprise reliant on data. 

There are dastardly viruses - nasty little 
parasitic programs created expressly 
for the purpose of entering computers 
without the user's permission or knowl- 
edge to attach to fUes or boot sectors 
and replicate themselves. Then, like 
zombies, they make their way to other 
computers and are used to send a 
crippling digital barrage of email spam 
messages, targeting pre-selected Web 
sites with potentially devastating 
"denial-of-service" attacks. 

Spam itself- droves and droves of it - is 
a time-depleting irritant, putting undue 
strain on the College's servers and badg- 
ering recipients with offers of anything 
from vitamins to drugs to pornography. 


Adding flirther strain to the systems is the 
penchant among students to download 
music and watch streaming video, now 
a staple on the Internet. These activities 
hog huge amounts of bandwidth, slowing 
down the systems, which is why IT has 
restricted the use of these services. 

"Today we spend more time ensuring 
that our IT systems are safe from out- 
side interference than ever before," says 
Deborah. "Viruses were never an issue a 
few years ago. But things have changed," 
she comments ruefully. "We are 
constantiy being challenged and must 
develop systems that stay one step ahead 
of the next intrusion attempt." Spam 
filters, anti- virus updates, and intrusion 
detection software monitor the Lasell 
systems around the clock to ensure 
maximum operation. "We are an all 
Microsoft house which means we are 
compatible with 80 percent of the 
market," she explains. "But it means 
we are also more susceptible to threats 
because Microsoft is the target of choice 
for hackers." 

The IT realm at Lasell consists of three 
work groups: the voice and data group, 
the database group, and user services. 
Even the phone system, which is digital, 
requires careful monitoring to avoid 
security breaches. 

Still, "the benefits we gamer from our 
sophisticated systems in IT far outweigh 
the negatives," Deborah is quick to point 
out. "Our systems enhance our commu- 
nications and increase our productivity. 
We can pidl out and organize all types 
of vital information to generate reports 
that serve the needs of our different 
constituencies. These tools are essential 
in order to analyze trends and do 
strategic planning. 

More dramatic is the expectation that by 
next semester, facidty will be doing most 

of their class administration online, 
including grading, thereby streamlining 
the administrative process for profes- 
sors and the registrar's office. Beyond 
that, the brave new world continues to 
make its influence felt at Lasell with 
unified messaging. This integrates all 
messaging sources, voicemail, fax, 
and email into one inbox. "Bragdon 
Hall already has unified messaging 
installed, in which the phone is really a 
computer that the network recognizes," 
Deborah Gelch says. "^ 

What Comes Next? 

Deborah Gelch says we can't go much further in terms of 
systems upgrades until we replace the ever-saturated switches 
in the residence halls. The switches, which manage network 
traffic, respond to each user's request in order, and control and 
measure the stream of activity in every building at the College, 
are ancient by today's standards. "They are sending requests 
to our server moving at a speed of 10 megabits per second 
compared to today's standard of too megabits or even gigabit," 
Deborah explains. 

These switches, which were manufactured before wide-spread 
viruses, adware, multi-media, streaming video, or Internet radio 
emerged, are not able to handle the enormous amounts of 
traffic generated and do not have security built into them to 
mitigate risks. "Once a virus hits these switches, their flashing 
green light (which shows you how much traffic they are moni- 
toring) turns solid green, then they seize up and die," she says. 
"We need to replace these switches throughout the campus, 
and the cost will be approximately $70,000." 

The investment is vital as the College moves toward offering 
assignments via streaming video, video conferencing with 
faculty, and students place a greater reliance on Web-based 

Additionally, Lasell needs to keep current with the hardware 
that drives the software. "We follow a four- to five-year replace- 
ment model for computers, although we often keep them 
longer, for upwards of eight years, depending on the use by 
each individual at the College," Deborah reports. "People 
requiring computers for high graphic use, for instance, will get 
more powerful machines than those who use their computers 
primarily for word processing. We do a lot of moving around 
of computers. 

"This year is the first year since I've been at Lasell that 
we have actually decommissioned a computer. It was a 
Pentium 133 which we disassembled. We sold some parts 
and recycled others." 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves 3 

Special Issue Responding Creatively to the Challenges of the 21st Century 

Food Glorious Food 

Serving Up Delectables Has Gotten More Complicated 

Sodexho General Manager 
Maryanne Conroy-Miller 

Inf ho knew that food service and facilities 
management would be as much about 
ensuring the safety of what we eat as it is 
about taste, look, and the ambiance in 
which it is presented? 

Sodexho General Manager Maryanne 
Conroy-Miller has to think of the food 

service staff and herself as vigilant gate- 
keepers. "The food is always the focus 
in our dining rooms, and my responsi- 
bility is to make sure the food is fresh, 
tasty, attractively served and — above all 
— safe. That involves a great deal more 
care than in the old days, when people 
raised their own catde and vegetables 
down the road a piece, and we knew that 
the food we ate was local and good," 
she explains. 

"Now, with food transported from 
around the globe, we have to evaluate 
every step of the food's delivery. We have 
to track where it comes from, how it 
gets to our customers, and understand 
that our dining facility is a critical 
control point that can make the 
difference between a happy and safe 
dining experience and one that can 
make people ill." 

It is, after all, the era of Mad Cow 
Disease and E.coli, gene-altered produce, 
spiders inadvertently transported with 
fruit, antibiotic-laced beef and poultry, 
and irradiated hamburger. Yikes! 

"Today, we have to exercise much more 
control over every aspect of our food to 
keep customers safe. We monitor every- 
thing, including the temperature at 
which we receive milk at the loading 
dock. If it's below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 
ifs acceptable. If it's anywhere above 
that, we send it back." Key, too, is the 
temperature at which food is cooked. 
"It's 140 degrees Fahrenheit to hold hot 
food and we cook to as high as 185 
degrees depending on the product, to 
ensure that all bacteria is killed." 

All menu items must be acquired 
from an approved source - meats a: 
poultry must be USDA inspected. In 
fact, Maryanne and Sodexho can track 
a meat or poultry source to its very 
point of origin and she is required to 
keep the tracking information on each 
shipment for months. Workspace and 
personal hygiene comprise yet another 
"gate" to monitor to keep the food safe 
for consumption. 

"The more gates we close the moi 
likely we are to keep our people healthy. 

Human Resources 

Technology Plays Increasing Role 

We are required to get recertified for 
food safety every three years," Maryanne 
explains. "The industry standard is 
every five years." 

Working with a staff' that has grown from 
15 five years ago to 45 today Maryanne 
marshals her forces to cover all the bases. 
It is a classic example of the devil being 
in the details. Ifs nice to have cold salad 
and clean dishes but even something so 
seemingly mundane needs carefiil minis- 
tering. "We calibrate thermometers in 
our kitchen every day and document dish 
machine temperatures. The final rinse 
has to be 180 degrees." 

The National Sanitation Foundation, 
an ind^endent contractor, audits LaseU's 
and all of l?odexho's food service once 
a year for food and physical safety. "A 
grade of 95 is considered passing. 
Ninety is a failing grade. We've passed 
the last three yeaE§ on the first try," 
Maryanne reports proudly. "W 


Human Resources Director Roberta Henry 

Vr hen Human Resources Director 
Roberta (Bobbi) Henry assumed her job 
nearly three years ago, she took on the 
overseeing of everything from employee 
hiring to retirement, with a host of 
related responsibilities including 
maintaining histories of time and 
attendance, salaries, benefits, on-site 
safety, persormel records, training 

and — gasp — recruitment. Oh yes, 
organizational development and internal 
and legislative compliance were also part 
of the HRmix. 

With such a full plate of tasks that track, 
measure, and weigh, Bobbi was relieved 
to obtain the support and assistance of 
Lasell's IT Department which has 
harnessed technology to manage and 
streamline much of the complex job 

An essential tool for Bobbi is an HR 
sofiware package that puts the vital 
information about each LaseU employee 
at her fingertips. Need to know when 
so-and-so began employment at the 
College? A computer keystroke can 
yield the answer. 

"I can't imagine living without such 
readily accessible employee information. 
I get calls frequentiy about employees 
(for employment verification for a 
mortgage application, for instance) 
and I don't have to go to hard copy files 
and sift through pages and pages. 
This is next to bliss," she laughs. 

"For me, the most interesting part of the 
technology revolution in HR is in the 
area of recruitment. We didn't post job 
openings on the Web until two or three 
years ago. Now, with and other 
faculty and staff job posting sites, we see 
a significant increase in applications. 

Email has opened up another avenue 
of free-flowing information. "We receive 
resumes by email, and I love the fact that 
I can instantly forward them to a dean, 
department head, or manager and not 
have to waste time or paper," Bobbi says. 

"Another benefit is that I can respond to 
the email instantaneously, which means 
the person applying knows I received 
the resume." 

A fascinating new component of 
electtonic resume submissions is the 
inclusion by some of very sophisticated 
multi-media presentations, either 
as attachments or as stand-alone 
CD-ROMs. "These are personal 
marketing tools that didn't exist before," 
says Bobbi. "Technology allows us to 
access and absorb a lot of information 
before an actual interview begins." 

For Bobbi Henry, the Internet, with its 
access to college and university HR pro- 
fessionals on listservs and newsgroups 
from around the country, gives her the 
power to "go on line and survey my peer 
institutions on any HR-related subject. 
It's super." 

On the employee side, Bobbi is delight- 
ed that individual employees can go to 
their retirement plan or health care plan 
Web site and edit and track thefr own 

And then there's the ever-changing 
LaseU College Faculty/ Staff Directory 
that includes information about 
every faculty and staff member in 
the organization. 

"It used to take countless hours of many 
people's time to publish the hard copy 
version every fall, and the minute it 
was published it would be outdated! 
Now, we work on it 'live,' in Microsoft 
Outiook." Thanks to the world of bits 
and bytes, life is far better for Bobbi 
Henry than it was for her predecessors. 
And, she is grateftil. « 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 

Connected Learning 

Students Respond Positively 

Faculty Employ Innovative Teaching Methods 

Villager Leon Kaplan presents his paper to Professor Joe Aieta's "Recent American History" class. 

There's a lot of energy being generated 
in Lasell classrooms and the innovative 
teaching methods employed by facidty 
members are responsible for much of 
it. Topics have come alive through off 
campus experiments, intergenerational 
discussion, and primary research. 

"I want my students to incorporate as 
much real-world experience as possible 
into the learning process," explains 
EngUsh Professor Diane Donatio, "so I 
asked the students in my 'Media in 

s v^^^ty* dass to con<i\ict an off campvis 

experiment. I wanted them to focus in on 

sodo/economic messages, so we 
decided to test the impact of physical 

"In order to see what judgments are 
made in public areas, we conducted 
several experiments," recalls Maha 
al-Shaoibi '04. "We wanted to see 
what the different responses woidd be 
when a well dressed student versus 
an unkempt student approached an 
upscale person and asked for change. 
We also checked the reactions we 

received in a restaurant and in a 

clothing Store, where we both pretended 

to shop vnthout buying anything. The 
direct responses we received made a 
huge impression on us and it became 
clear that opinions are certainly formed 
based on appearance." 

At the end of the fall semester, the 
"Media in Society" students made 
presentations and wrote papers based 
on primary research they had conduct- 
ed. Topics ranged from the effect of 
violence on TV on children, to the 
media's representation of people suffer- 
ing with AIDS, to the portrayal of black 
athletes. "By conducting interviews, 
observing classrooms, and investigating 
cause and eflFect first-hand, the students' 
learning was much richer and their 
understanding of their topics much 
more complete," says Professor Donatio. 

In Professor Joe Aieta's class, 
"Recent American History: 1960-to- 
Date," there was an invigorating blend 
of Villagers and undergraduate 
students. "Class interaction and dia- 
logue were enriched by the Villagers' 
voices, particularly since they had lived 
through many of the events under 
discussion. The students learned 
from the Villagers and vice versa," 
says Professor Aieta. 

"The disagreements that surfaced in 
class made it all the more interesting," 
recalls Public Policy major Wayne Kreis 
'04. "The Villagers had thoughts on 
each presidency and we talked about 
some of the 'what if's.' If Carter had 
been re-elected, instead of Reagan, 
wotild the cold war still have ended 
when it did? Having these debates 
made history come alive." 

The class read from the John Updike 
"Rabbit Run" series, and discussed how 
pieces of fiction reflect historical 
decades. "I always thought history was 
cut and dry," explains Criminal Justice 
major Emily Binder '04, "but reading 
Rabbit Redux, which covers the 1960's, 
brought home the real people and 
feelings that were playing out during the 
period. Civil rights were in the forefiront, 
women were begirming to feel empow- 
ered, and man landed on the moon. 
It was a time of optimism and change. 

"In order to retain information, it is 
important not just to read material, but 
to be interactive," Emily continues. 
Vigorous dialogue, along with surveys 
and research, are happening in Lasell 
classrooms, accruing real benefit to both 
LaseU students and their professors. ^ 

Connected Learning and Li nl<ed -Credit Option 

Research Methods Class Compiles Newton Survey 

(Left to right) Kerry McEvoy '04, Amy Gleason '04, Lauren Hubacheck '04, 
Professor LeRoux, and Katie Ofria '04 assemble the survey data. 

It was an opportune moment when 
Ann Brown, director of the Newton 
Child Care Commission, approached 
Lasell regarding the Commission's need 
for assistance in updating a survey on 
local chUdcare services. "We didn't have 
the time or the expertise, so I was very 
pleased when Professor Tessa LeRoux 
said it would be an excellent project for 
her 'Research Methods in Social 
Sciences' class," says Ann Brown. 

"I needed to develop a project for the 
class and here was one that was impor- 
tant and would help the community," 
says Professor LeRoux. All 18 of her 
students worked together to draft a 
questionnaire that was sent out to every 
childcare provider in Newton. A linked- 
credit option, available for the first time 
this fall, was offered to anyone who 
wanted to work an additional 20 hours 
on the project. "Four students took 

advantage of it and were granted an 
extra credit for their service. Without 
them we couldn't have done the study." 

The entire class refined the question- 
naire, which focused mainly on the 
availability of financial aid for chUd care, 
and sent it out to 161 providers in 
Newton. There was about a 50 percent 
response rate and the returned data was 
analyzed on SPSS, a data analysis pro- 
gram. The class learned while doing 
real-life research and provided a service 
that had real meaning on top of it all. 

The four linked-credit students. Amy 
Gleason '04, Lauren Hubacheck '04, 
Kerry McEvoy, '04 and Katie Ofria '04, 
were responsible for telephone follow- 
ups to agencies that had not responded 
or whose answers were unclear. They 
also cleaned up the data and took on all 
the extra administrative duties. "Even 
with their help, the semester wasn't long 
enough to accomplish everything we 
had hoped to do, but they had the satis- 
faction of knowing that their efforts 

would help the many people in the 
Newton community who need funds 
for childcare," says Professor LeRoiix. 

The linked-credit option is an intensive, 
one-credit service learning course which 
links with a host course, such as 
"Research Methods in Social Sciences." 
Engaging in the linked-credit course 
gives students the opportunity to more 
deeply explore a social justice issue 
by providing specific service to a 
community agency or population. 
Crafted by both facidty and students, 
it affords the students a more extended 
opportunity to individualize and apply 
the coixrse material. 

"Students' interest and enrollment in the 
linked-credit option is expanding," says 
Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the 
Center for Commimity-Based Learning. 
"There are close to 30 students involved 
in a varied cross section of classes. 
Professor Ruth Joseph has students in 
her "Reading Diagnosis" class who are 

Continued on page 11 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves 5 

Connected Learning 

Students Host Leadership Summit 

Members of the Lasell student group gather 
in de Witt Hall during the conference. 

On February 21, 2004, Lasell College 
hosted the 2nd annual Leadership 
Summit. Lasell College, Lesley University, 
Mount Ida College, Newbury College, 
Pine Manor College, and Regis College 
invited 100 student leaders to participate 
in a day-long conference focused on 
leadership development and growth. 
Members from all campus dubs and 
organizations were invited to attend. 

Fifteen Lasell students participated in 
workshops ranging from goal setting 
and conflict resolution to collaboration 
and co-sponsorship. This year's theme,- 
"Navigating your Way Through the 
Mountains of Leadership," was 
highlighted with programs focused on 
development of the student self, the 
student as a member of an organization 
and the student making connections. 

Director of Student Activities 
Anne-Marie Kenney served as the 
conference host and presented the 
session, "How to Apply your Leadership 
Activities to your Resume." Amy Liss, 
Assistant Director of Student Activities, 
also served on the planning committee 
and presented a session on 
"Organizational Recruitment and 
Retention." Lasell College 

The new Campus Center will be a hub for connected learning activities for students and 
faculty. Construction is well underway and is scheduled to he completed by September 2004. 
The building will house the Donahue Bookstore, an alternative dining venue, meeting and 
programming space for students, underground parking, and a residential floor with 22 beds. 

Massachusetts Campus Compact 
(MACC) Vista, Elena Garcia, 
co-presented the program "Campus 
Organizations and Volunteerism" 
with the Lesley University MACC 
Vista Leanne Mbca. 

Despite the bad weather, the day was 
highly productive and motivating for 
all of the students in attendance, f^ 

All That 

when Fall 2004 arrives, members 

stomping their feet to the sound of 

jazz. On April 15, students, faculty, 

and Villagers met with Harvey 

Finstein and Duncan Martin of the 

Harvey Finstein School of Jazz to 

discuss the formation of the first 
Lasell Jazz Ensemble. As Satc\-..^-i<= 

used to say, "Oh, yeah!" 

Seniors and Alumni Connect 

Institutional Advancement Takes LIFT Students On The Road 

Professor Jill Carey talks to alumni about LIFT's Museum Collection, as (left to right) 
Michelle Bartlett '04 and Amber King '04 look on. 

Connected learning for Lasell students 
doesn't always occur on campus or even 
in greater Boston. This February, two 
fortunate seniors who are majors in the 
Lasell Institute of Fashion Technology 

(LIFT) accompanied members of the 
Institutional Advancement staff to the 
state of Florida to share their fashion 
knowledge and answer questions. 

Amber King '04 and Michelle Bartlett 
'04 traveled wdth Associate Professor 
Jill Carey, Aliunni Director Karen Gill, 
Campaign for Bragdon Director Cathy 
Black, and President Tom de Witt to 
help showcase key pieces of LIFT's 
Museum Collection. "Amber and 
Michelle were able to use the theoretical 
knowledge gained from the classroom 
and turn it into practical application 
while modeling and discussing the 
Collection with the alumni," says 
Professor Carey. 

The Collection, an assortment of more 
than 100 examples of vintage clothing 
from the 1800's to the present, is cared 
for and studied by Professor Carey and 
her students. Nearly 130 Florida alums 
at seven alumni events learned about 
the details of a select number of pieces 
as well as the challenges of caring for 

and archiving each. Amber and 
Michelle expertly modeled one beautifiil 
example after another and shared their 
experiences as students in the LIFT 
program and their plans for the future. 

Driving more than 1,000 miles in seven 
days to seven alumni events was a new 
and often exhausting experience for the 
LIFT team, but given the tremendous 
positive response from the alums, it 
was well worth it. "I was very pleased to 
be given this opportunity to travel with 
such a wonderful group of professionals." 
Amber stated. "The opportunity opened 
my eyes to a world of Lasell culture, 
memories, and interesting alvuns. I feel 
fortunate to have been a part of it." i' 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 


Connected Learning 

New Student-Friendly Manual 

Taking the Puzzlement Out of Calculus 

Professor Joanna Kosakowski 

cal*cu-lus - "A branch of mathematics. 
A formal set of (mathematical) rules of a 
language applied to changing quantities 
to determine the result (value) of its (arith- 
metical) functions. Two main branches are 
differential caJculus, and integral calculus. 

Differential calculus determines the rate 
of change of a quantity, while integral 
calculus finds the quantity where the rate 
of change is known. "Functions" are defined 
by a formula." 

■he dictionary's definition makes it 
seem straightforward and logical, but 
for many students who are required to 
actually wade through it, calculus is 

frequently defined in one simple and 
potently descriptive word: "trouble." 

Professor Joanna Kosakowski, Lasell's 
own calculus guru and chair of the 
mathematics department, laughs at 
the notion that calculus might be a 
grade-point-average buster. In fact, 
she insists, her students actually enjoy 
the challenges she poses to them 
through her newly developed student 
manual. Exploring Calculus - A Guided 
Discovery Approach. 

Yes, she says, mathematics in general - 
and calculus in particular - can be 
exhilarating. Really! 

"I like to encourage students to appreci- 
ate the power of mathematics. But, to 
develop the skills necessary to get the 
most out of its use, students need to be 
more than passive recipients of infor- 
mation. They need to be allowed to 
make their own discoveries. In that way, 
they become more motivated, more 
invested in their own learning, and 
more successful math students." 

Her manual, which she completed during 
a sabbatical last spring, "is designed to 
guide beginning calculus students as 
they make their own discoveries about 
the important relationships inherent in 

"My calculus courses aren't about 
getting the correct answer. Actually, we 
may begin with the correct answer and 
see how that answer changes each time 
the parameters change." 

Professor Kosakowski has her students 
work in teams, using a series of activities 
that allow them to connect to real-world 
applications. "Calculus deals with rates 
of change," she explains, so she puts 
her students to work solving a range of 
problems. Using hand-held graphing 
calculators and associated interactive 
software, her students do fairly compli- 
cated analyses that focus on the process 
that leads to the answer. 

Example: students are told that the 
flu is spreading across a college campus. 
There is a relationship between the 
onset of infection and the number of 
students who develop the flu. Students 
are asked to draw a graph covering a 

25-day period to determine when the flu 
will be at its worst, how many students 
will be infected, when they vnU present 
symptoms, and when, finally, the flu 
will subside. 

"The exercises require students to use 
the Internet, to deal with data in a 
meaningful way, to develop models 
based on their observations, to draw 
valid conclusions, and to translate their 
mathematical findings into actual 
real-world situations. These exercises 
require strong skills in visualization, 
language, algebra, technology and 
communication," she explains. 

"Students really seem to enjoy the team 
challenge. The discussions they have are 
intense as they argue in mathematical 
language. They argue in the vocabulary 
and write conclusions about the 
relationships they've discovered. They 
become involved in the process and are 
more motivated to discover what's going 
on. The result of this hands-on exercise 
is that students get a deeper under- 
standing of how calculus has a function 
in the real world." 

For Joanna Kosakowski, seeing her stu- 
dents doing the work of mathematicians 
is incredibly satisfying. "I love nothing 
more than to hear them arguing...! love 
to teach and lecture and use the tech- 
nology we now have — the hand-held 
graphing calctdator — to put in a formu- 
la and play with it, explore the changing 
parameters, and analyze the possibilities. 
It makes for a richer experience and 
illustrates for them that mathematics is a 
thing of beauty." W 

Brave Faculty and Staff 

Coming to Crips with Math Anxiety 

Professor Malini Pillai's smile reveals her 
enthusiasm for math. 

Aware that there are many on campus 
wdth a fear of math, the Professional 
Development Committee announced 
that Professor Malini Pillai woiild be 
giving a "Math Anxiety" presentation to 

any interested faculty and staff For all 
who signed up, it was guaranteed that 
in a mere 90 minutes, they would be 
solving mathematical word problems 
with enthusiasm and zest. 

When the day of the class arrived, the 
room was packed with people jostiing 
for a seat in the back row. Malini had 
guaranteed "90 minutes of heaven," but 
many saw no reason to be that close to 
the pearly gates. 

As soon as she started to speak, Malini's 
passion and enthusiasm for her subject 
became apparent. In an instant every- 
one was not only at ease but laughing. 

Two airplanes take offfrom 
Hayes Airport at the same 
time and travel in opposite 
directions. The nortlibound 
plane travels at an average 
rate 0/400 miles per hour. 

The southbound plane travels 
at ^so i^ilss per hour After 

how many hours will they be 
2,250 miles apart? 

ansst pc3u usmsuy 


Malini is a professor who genuinely 
cares about her students' progress and 
she waited until the class felt comfort- 
able before attacking word problems. 
The formula d = r x t was written on the 
board and suddenly the class was flying 
down the highway at 75 miles an hour 
with a truck heading at it at fiall speed 
from the opposite direction. 

With Malini at the wheel, the class was 
confident that there would be no crash. 
Everyone climbed on board and left 
having had a most enjoyable ride. W 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves 7 

Connected Learning 

Experiencing the Power of Community 

Second Annual Mexico Service-Learning Trip a Huge Success 

(Left to rightjAmy Gleason '04, Jeff Peguero '06, 
Kim Orellana '04, Angelica Adams 'oj, Monica 
Sandra Orellana '06 are ready for work! 

There was a lot of excitement and 
chatter as 13 members of the Lasell 
commimity boarded a plane to Mexico 
in January for the second annual alter- 
native service-learning break in the towns 
of Coatapec and Nogales. The group 
knew there was much hard work ahead, 
but it looked forward to going to anoth- 
er country, exploring a different culture. 

Professors Helen Alcala, Stephanie 
Athey and Tessa LeRoux, and Jami 
Shamberger of the Admissions Office 
accompanied nine Lasell students: 
Angelica Adams '07, Susan Bairos '06, 
Lauren Hubacheck '04, Amy Gleason 
'04, Kerrie McCormack '06, Kim 
Orellana '04, Sandra Orellana '06, Jeff 
Peguero '06, and Monica SUva '06. 

"Stephanie and I went to Mexico this 
summer to discuss projects," explains 

Admissions Officer Jami Shamberger, 
Silva '06, Susan Bairos '06, and 

Professor Alcala, "and in Coatapec we 
decided on installing wood-burning 
stoves with air vents for 12 families. The 
hardest part of the job was getting peo- 
ple to let go of their old stove. Cleaning 
away the creosote which had built up on 
the walls was difficult and incredibly 
dirty work. But, the students rolled up 
their sleeves and never hesitated. At the 
end of the project we lit a stove in a 
final ceremony. It was a special moment 
that represented what we and the com- 
munity had done together." 

This was the second trip for Sandra 
Orellana. "The two were very different. 
Last year it was a learning experience for 
everyone. We were exploring what the 
needs were and how we could help. This 
time it was much more task oriented. 
They knew we were coming and what the 
project was. It was exciting because as we 

installed the stoves we started a chain 
reaction. More and more people in the 
town wanted to improve their homes." 

In Nogales the group worked at differ- 
ent schools. They painted seesaws and 
swings, created a rope jungle gym out 
of one 300 yard piece of rope, and drew 
brightiy colored feet in the exercise 
yard. Some students worked with fifth 
and sixth graders, preparing lessons on 
Mexican history, swapping questions 
and answers on their lives, and dis- 
cussing what they wanted to do when 
they grew up. 

"The trip really changed me," says 
Angelica Adams '07, who is a commu- 
nity service scholar (see story p. 13). 

"Seeing the poverty and living condi- 
tions of the people made me appreciate 
how much I have. I don't speak 
Spanish, but now I'm determined to 
learn. It was hard to interact, but the 
families just opened their houses to us. 
I went to provide service but I came 
away with much more." 

"This year we allowed more time to sit 
as a group and process what we were 
seeing and feeling," said Professor 
Athey. "The work was very satisfying 
and it made us learn a lot about our- 
selves. We talked about the power of 
community to bring change and the 
value of seeing how others live. We 
were all sad to leave and proud of what 
we had accomplished together" "W 

Sandra Orellana '06 and Monica Silva '06 busy at work painting a wall. 

English Students Write a Screenplay for Fifth Graders 


Meg Ryan '06 heads off to the Williams 
School to meet with her fifth grade students. 

Lights, camera, action at Newton's 
Williams School. At the end of the fall 
semester, five members of Professor 
Mimi Reddicliffe's "Film and Literature" 
class videotaped 12 fifth graders as 
they acted out a screenplay they had 
generated with the young students on 
the topics of stereotyping and discrimi- 
nation. Kerry Cummings,'o4, Megan 
Ryan '06, Jolyne Woart '04, and Kate 
Vokey '06 met with the 12 students 
every Tuesday. 

"One of the assignments that all my 
students have is to transform a short 
story into a screenplay and then present 
it to the class," explains Professor 
Reddicliffe. "Students interested in a 
service-learning component were 
offered the opportunity to work with 

the fifth grade at the Williams School." 

An important part of the Williams 
curriculum is the understanding of 
stereotyping and discrimination. The 
teachers had selected the book Journey 
to Topaz, which is about the experience 


they'd be ready to present to the entire 
fifth grade," explains Meg. "One group's 
skit depicted the myth that if you wear 
glasses you're a nerd, another portrayed 
the idea that girls are weaker than boys, 
and the third explored the myth that 
twins are the same, both inside and out. 

of Japanese Americans during World 

War II. "We read the book and then met*%^ "I learned an enormous amoimt from 

with the fifth graders who were interest- 
ed in doing the project," explains Meg 
Ryan '06. "We also got together with 
their teacher so that we knew which 
points in the book to discuss." 

The Lasell students wrote skits for the 
ideas the students came up with. 
"We divided them into three sections 
and everyone was included and had to 
memorize their lines and rehearse, so 

flie experience. We laughed and we 
pulled our hair out, but we succeeded 
in writing three screenplays that were 
directed at a specific age group. The 
presentation was used as a vehicle for 
the whole fifth grade to discuss stereo- 
typing and discrimination. It was very 
satisfying to hear the students discuss 
what they had learned and to realize 
that the exercise had made them more 
open-minded." W 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 

Connected Learning 

An Engaging Technology Learning Project 

Teaching Team Presents at San Francisco Conference 

(Left to right) Professors Linda Bruenjes and Ruth Joseph take a minute to compare notes. 

This January, Amow Professor and 
Computer and Information Science 
Chair Linda Bruenjes and Education 
Chair Ruth Joseph packed their bags 
and headed to the "Technology, Reading 
and Learning Disabilities Conference" 
in San Francisco. "It was a wonderful 
opportunity to get LaseU's name out 
there. Representatives from many types 
of colleges from all over the country 
attended, and we found that we are 

all dealing -with tkie same issues," says 

Professor Bruenjes. "However, we 

discovered that in service-learning, 
Lasell is on the cutting edge." 

In the fall, the two-professor team 
taught the 300 level "Technology in 
Education" course where 16 students, 
as a service-learning project, went into 
two elementary schools and designed 
an interactive Web page for both the 
teachers' and the students' use. At 
the conference, the LaseU professors 
covered the students' learning process, 
the intent of the Web page developed. 

the indirect learning experiences, and 
final student reflections. 

"We divided the class into two groups 
and had them interview the teachers to 
see how or if they were incorporating 
technology in their classrooms," 
explains Professor Joseph. "Technology 
is one of many educational tools. The 
reality is that a fair number of teachers 
are not comfortable using computers 
and the technology availability is 
limited. Therefore, their students are 
not exposed to its many possibilities." 

By the end of the semester, the 
students had designed a Web page 
for both schools and placed it on a 
CD for the teachers' use. Included 
on the site are software tutorials for 
the teachers, fiinding sources for tech- 
nology, educational Web sites for the 
elementary school children, resources 
for integrating technology in the class- 
room, and educational lessons and 
materials for teaching. 

"By encouraging our students to 
compile their own resources for 
this Web site, they were much more 
engaged in this learning process and 
absorbed so much more than they 
would have if the direction had come 

from Ruth and me," says Professor 
Bruenjes. "Their reflective pieces were 
very positive and they now not only 
have knowledge of the many technology 
resources, programs, and information 
sources available, but the project gave 
them ideas of what they want to bring 
to their own classrooms." 

Plans are underway for the class to 
be team-taught again next year. "The 
students see both sides, how they meld, 
and how technology supports educational 
philosophy," says Professor Joseph. 
"And, the two of us benefit from our 
different strengths and learn a lot from 
each other. With one year behind us, 
we know what we need to improve 
on and have learned how to better 
structure the class." 

Thought is being given to submitting 
a proposal to present at a different 
conference next year. "Our students 
did an excellent job and we have a lot 
to share," continues Professor Joseph. 
"We took file Web site CDs' to the 
San Francisco conference and attendees 
were very interested in taking them. 
If s wonderfiil to see LaseU students' 
work recognized." W 

Past Experiences Shared 

A Trip to Auschwitz Resonates at Lasell 

Dr. Sheila Waxman describes her trip to Auschwitz to an attentive class. 

I know this will be difficult for me," 
said Lasell Village Marketing Director 
Dr. Sheila Waxman, as she addressed 
Professor David Carlsoris "Comparative 
Justice Systems" class. "But I want to 
tell young people the story so that such 
an injustice never happens again." 

When Professor Carlson learned that 
Dr Waxman had traveled to Auschwitz 
this past summer with her husband and 
daughter, he asked her to co-teach with 
him the section that deals wdth the 
crime of genocide. In January 1939, 
Hitier predicted before the German 

ParUament "the annihilation of the 
Jewdsh race in Europe." Between 
1939-1945, the Nazis killed more than 
six million Jews from all over Europe. 

"I knew that hearing from someone's 
personal experience would be profound 
and poignant," says Professor Carlson. 
"Dr. Waxmaris story brought silence 
to the class and her words were backed 
by a digital video that her husband, 
a biology professor at Boston 
University, had put together of the 
extermination camp." 

"/ knew that hearing 
from someone's personal 
experience would be 
profound and poignant." 

"My father was bom in Poland," 
explained Dr. Waxman, "and he and 
one of his brothers were the only ones 

to escape from Europe and survive. 

I went back this summer so that my 
daughter, who is a freshman at Boston 
University, would know what it is to be 
a Jew. Hitler's goal was to exterminate 

II million Jews and no such hatred 
towards a people should be allowed." 

As the class watched the digital video, 
they saw the memorial that Auschwitz 
has become. The huge empty space 
stands in stark contrast with the reality 
of the thousands who entered its gates, 
but never left. Dr. Waxman's personal 
perspective made history alive in a way 
that no textbook could. ■¥ 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves Q 

Campus Update 

Students Shine 

Lasell Participates in Eastern Regional Moot Court Tournament 

(Left to right) Heidi Hanna 'o^ and Tracey Maloney '04 prepare for the Moot Court 

"It was wicked awesome," says Tracey 
Maloney '04 of her participation in the 
Eastern Regional Undergraduate Moot 
Court Tournament. She and Heidi 
Harma '05, supported by Professors 
Linda Bucd and Susan Rist, traveled to 
Fitchburg State College this November, 

where they joined more than 36 other 
teams firom 10 colleges. 

Students were required to participate in 
three rounds of arguments in front of 
three different panels of judges, who 
were community professionals, lawyers. 

professors, and judges. Students were 
rated on their knowledge of subject 
matter, their responses to questions 
from the bench, and their courtroom 
skills. "Normally this is something a 
student would do during the first year 
of law school, and here was a chance 
to do it as an undergraduate," exclaims 

"I posted a flyer advertising the tourna- 
ment in September and was hoping 
students would come forward," recalls 
Professor Bucci. "A lot of preparation 
was required, with some of our meet- 
ings rurming until 11:30 p.m. In the 
end our team performed magnificently." 

"I was nervous and stressed," says 
Heidi, who was a latecomer to the 
team. "I don't feel I'm good at public 
speaking and you weren't told before- 
hand what side you were going to have 
to argue first. The judges marked you 
on your composure and your reaction to 

their questions. After my first argument 
it wasn't so bad." 

"The judges were harsh," concurs Tracey. 
"They threw questions at us. It was also 
tough when you had to argue 10 minutes 
by yourself In the end I came away with 
a great sense of accomplishment." 

Trace/s senior internship was in the 
Attorney General's Office in the Public 
Protection Bureau. "They were terrific. 
They let me practice and gave me full 
access to their library. They called me 
immediately after the tournament, 
wanting to know how we'd done. 
It was really nice knowing I had 
their support." 

Everyone associated with the Lasell 
team came away proud of these two 
participants and they concur with 
Tracey when she says, "I hope other stu- 
dents take advantage of this opportunity 
next year." ■¥ 

Perspective on Women and Islam 

Lasell Hosts Visiting Fulbright 
Scholar Dr. Fatima Sadiqi 

Dr. Fatima Sadiqi 

Through the Fulbright Visiting 
Specialists Program, Dr. Fatima Sadiqi 
of Morocco arrived at Lasell for two 
weeks in April. The College was 
fortimate to have this highly accom- 
plished scholar and Senior Professor 
of Linguistics and Gender Studies at 
the University of Fes, in Morocco, visit 
the campus and share her expertise. 

"Dr. Sadiqi is part of Fvilbrighf s 'Direct 
Access for the Muslim World' program," 
explains Brewer Doran, dean, School 
of Business Administration and 
Information Science, who herself 
received a Fulbright Senior Specialists 
grant and visited Uganda Martyrs 

University last March. "Dr. Sadiqi 
has been involved with the American 
Fulbrighters who have visited Fes, 
and last summer, she lectured at the 
University of Mansfield in Pennsylvania. 
This sparked her desire to return to the 
U.S. and we were very pleased to have 
her with us. 

"Through campus-wide talks and 
forums, we wanted to expose Dr. Sadiqi 
to the many different populations who 
share the Lasell campus," explains Dean 
Doran. "To have the opportunity to tap 
her vast knowledge on topics that range 
from women and Islam, Moroccan 
culture, and the dialogue of civilization 
was unique and timely." 

Written into Dr. Sadiqi's schedule 
was her participation in a Lasell Village 
current events class, teaching a session 
of a cross-cultural marketing class, 
and speaking to a fashion department 
class on the role of traditional Moroccan 
clothing. "The sociological, ciiltural, 
and historical factors which 
crystallized in the birth of Moroccan 
modern feminism make it different 
from both Middle Eastern and Western 
feminisms," explained Dr. Sadiqi. 
Her perspective and knowledge 
enriched Lasell. « 

"Rock the Vote" 

Students and the Presidential 


(Left to right )Rafiq Gordon, three Pine Manor College students, and Wayne Kreis '04 are 
prepared tofteld questions. 

This fall, Boston area students, 
including those on the Lasell campus, 
were riveted by the democratic nomina- 
tion process and their role as voters. 
This fact did not escape the media and, 
in an effort to focus in on this popiila- 
tion, CNN sponsored "Rock the Vote" in 
Bostorfs Faneuil Hall. There, all but one 
of the Democratic candidates presented 
their views to youth. 

In December, three Pine Manor College 
students (Victoria Brown, Page Ann 
Clark and Molly Mclnnis) and Rafiq 
Gordon, a street team leader from 
"Rock the Vote," — all of whom had 
attended the program — came to Lasell 
to share their experiences. 

"The candidates were asking for the 
young vote and this was empowering," 
recalls Victoria Brown. "Each student 
was asked to submit a question to the 
candidates beforehand, and even though 
the event was scripted by CNN, it was 
still a huge opportimity. I went wanting 
to feel that the candidates were speaking 
directiy to me, a young black woman." 

Lasell students joined in the discussion 
and concurred with Rafiq Gordon who 
said, "Students need to realize how 
important their vote is. Youth is seen 
as having one voice, but this is not the 
case. We represent a whole cross section 
of issues and attitudes." e 

10 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 

Campus Update 

Presidential Politics '04 

Renowned Media Analysts Examine News Coverage 

(Left to right) Dean Steven Bloom, Collie Crossley, and Mark Jurkowitz listen as Robin 
Young makes a point. 

Inf ith the the presidential race on every- 
one's mind, on February 19 the Donahue 
Institute for Values and Public Life 

hosted a panel discussion titled "The 
Press and the Presidency 2004" featur- 
ing media professionals Robin Yotmg, 

CaUie Crossley and Mark Jurkowitz. The 
panel of notables drew a standing room 
only crowd in de Witt Hall. 

The panelists were a savvy and experi- 
enced group who knew first-hand how 
press coverage affects what we know 
and how we vote. Robin Young is a 
Peabody Award winning documentary 
filmmaker and has been a correspon- 
dent for the Discovery Channel, CBS, 
ABC, and for several years was substi- 
tute host on NBC's Today show. 

Media critic for The Boston Globe, Mark 
Jurkowitz is a weekly contributor to the 
Friday Beat the Press edition of Greater 
Boston. He has worked as a talk radio 
host on WRKO, WHDH, and WBZ. 

Callie Crossley is a regular panelist on 
the WGBH-TV program Beat the Press 
and spent 13 years as a network televi- 
sion producer for the ABC News 

program 20/20. Her award credits 
include a national Emmy, and an 
Edward R. Murrow award. 

Steven Bloom, dean of Arts and Sciences, 
acted as moderator and showed actual 
TV news clips to the panel and audi- 
ence. Discussion followed on the clips 
and how they were intended to affect 
viewers. As the panelists analyzed 
the clips, the audience of students. 
Villagers, and faculty and staff listened 
attentively, and eagerly spoke up and 
asked questions. 

The evening was covered by NewTV, 
the Newton local TV channel. On 
February 24, the channel had a news 
program that re-aired the discussion, 
so that members of both the Lasell and 
New^ton communities who could not 
attend in person had another chance to 
see this excellent event, 'i^ 

For International Students 

First Year Seminar Tailored to Their Needs 

This year's record-breaking incoming 
class includes a much larger segment 
of international students. As a result, 
when plans for First Year Seminars 
(FYS) were being formiilated. Director 
of Foreign Study Brewer Doran felt that 
a special section should be formed for 
this group. 

"We want our international students to 
feel at home on the Lasell campus and 
be a real part of our community," says 
Director Doran. "We felt they would be 
uncomfortable with the standard format. 
The English we use can be filled wdth 
slang, making it hard for them to follow, 
and they have different needs. They're 
not just adjusting to college. They may 
have immigration issues or be trying to 
figure out how to open a bank account 
without a social security number. 

"I have 13 students in my FYS seminar 
this year," she continues. "They come 
from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Bermuda, 
and Senegal, and they encompass a vast 
age range, from 17 to 21 years old. They 
each have a different focus but they all 
have questions ranging from how to 
register for class, what classes require 




Kwe Kwang "Taka" Park 'oy makes his 
class presentation. 

less reading comprehension, and 
how to manage their time in a college 

One of the reasons for the rise in matric- 
ulating foreign students is the relation- 
ship Lasell has formed with the College 
Embassy Student Program (CES). Lasell 

has created the Transition Program for 
students enrolled in CES who would 
like to apply to the College but whose 
English skills still need developing. This 
bridge program enables students to take 
some courses at Lasell and then, as their 
English proficiency improves, to enroll 
as fldl-time students. 

For the class final project, students were 
asked to choose movies that they felt gave 
a realistic view of the United States and 
some that didn't. They had to explain 
their choices and accompany their pre- 
sentations with Power Point displays. One 
Japanese student picked "Bring It On," a 
movie about cheerleading. She was struck 
by the film because it showed how differ- 
ent the American high school system is 
from the Japanese. She also felt it was 
vinusual because the cheerleaders 
received second place in a competition. 
"Usually American movies show only 
people coming in first," she exclaimed. 

Director Doran plans to continue 
offering the international FYS seminar 
next year. "It fills a much needed niche 
and I feel it has certainly helped the 
students become mainstreamed into 
hfe at Lasell."'e 


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putting together a literacy conference. 
Professor David Carlson has a student in 
his "Comparative Criminal Justice" class 
who is interacting with international 
students firom the College Embassy 
Student Program (CES), and talking to 
them about criminal justice systems in 
their countries." 

The linked-credit option is another form 
of connected learning. It is a way for 
both students and factdty to co-create 
a small piece of the curriculum and 
allows students to pursue in depth 
course-related interests through hands- 
on service to the community. 

"Through our collaboration with 
Lasell, we now have data that would 
have taken us a lot longer to gather," 
says Newton's Ann Brown. "The students 
were eager, incredibly helpful, and 
followed through. They kept at it and 
need to be acknowledged." W 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves II 

Campus Update 

Showing Promise for a Bright Future 

Unique Opportunity for Talented Young Designer 



-o. £ 

Sandra Pontes '04 is ready to take on the fashion world. 

It is hard to pick one student from this 
year's gifted group of senior fashion 
design majors, but Sandra Pontes is an 
excellent example of a woman who has 
what it takes. In July of 2003, she was 
one of eight contest-winning students to 
be featured in a special exhibition tided 
"Runway Madness" at the American 
Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA. 

"I came to Lasell because I felt its fash- 
ion program was the best in Boston 
and my experience here has proven 
my intuition to be right. During my 
folu: years, the department has grown 
enormously, but the individual attention 
that students receive has not dimin- 
ished. When you start as a freshman, 
the professors work closely with you. 

but now I am really working on my own 
under their supervision. 

"I love designing clothes. Being creative, 
doing something different, something 
that no one has done before — it's 
very exciting. 

"There are many different components 
to fashion. I have taken "Marketing, 
Merchandising," and math classes. They 
are all tied into putting fashion designs 
out there. I've worked in retail environ- 
ments and held managerial positions. 
I'm trying to get as much experience 
as possible so I'll be ready. 

"This past summer, a unique opportuni- 
ty came my way. Through Professor 
Joan Morris, I learned of a student 
fashion competition that was being 
sponsored by Fashion Group 
International, Boston. The contest 
winners were to have their designs 
exhibited at the American Textile 
History Museum in Lowell at an exhibit 
titled 'Runway Madness.' I said to 
myself T have to do this.' 

"I entered a piece from my draping 
class and was blown away when my 
name was called out. My design was 
going to be on display in a well-known 
museum, I would be interviewed and 
photographed, and have the opportunity 
to meet Lucien Perkins, the Pulitzer 
Prize winning fashion photographer, 
whose works would be a focal point 
of the Lowell exhibit. 

"When the evening of the reception for 
the exhibit came, everything I had imag- 
ined came true. So many people talked 
to me and offered me congratulations. 
There were lots of questions about how 
I made the dress and people wondered 
if I was willing to sell it. But if s one of 
the feature pieces in my portfolio and 
I'm not willing to part with it. 

"Because of Lasell, I have been given 
unique opportunities and when I 
graduate, I will leave with a solid 
foundation for the future." W 

Fashion Students get the Spotlight 

Lasell Well Represented in fashionWEEK BOSTON 

At City Hall, an evening dress created by 
Christina Anderson '04 reflects the green 
of Ireland. 

■ or the past eight falls, fashionWEEK 
BOSTON has served as a platform for 
aspiring newcomers to showcase their 
talents. This year the Lasell Institute of 
Fashion Technology (LIFT) was involved 
in many of the special events. "Having 
our students' work be so well represent- 
ed throughout the events of this presti- 
gious week is a great credit to them and 
to all the hard work that they put into 

their projects," says Fashion Professor 
Joan Morris. 

At Boston's City Hall, Lasell students 
earned the distinction of having four 
students' designs modeled in a noon 
fashion show on the front steps, five 
illustrations framed and displayed in 
the downstairs foyer, and four garments 
draped on mannequins at the top of the 
staircase. Furthermore, at the fashion 
show at the Prudential Center's Bamboo 
Court, 10 Lasell garments were modeled 

The dress created by Hoi Yee So 'oj is 
made up of 1,000 origami birds. 

and at the Boston Public Library, stu- 
dents from the "20th Century Fashion" 
class installed the show, "50 Years of 
Women's Suits." 

For the City Hall Fashion Show, Lasell 
was awarded four slots and a faculty 
committee picked the pieces that were 
to be modeled. "When I got the email 
saying that my design had been select- 
ed, I let out a huge scream," recalls 
Isabel Miller '05. 

One of the dresses at the City Hall gar- 
ment display was made by Hoi Yee So 
'05 and was made up of 1,000 origami 
birds. "It is entirely non-textile and was 
a surprise project," recalls Professor 
Morris. "Every time we saw Hoi she was 
making birds, but she never told us 
what they were for" 

The Palm Court Show was held during a 
luncheon that was attended by represen- 
tatives of the fashion industry. "The 
pieces shown were based on the 
students' ethnic background but put 
into a modern day design for a general 
market," explains Professor Morris. 

Being part of this week-long celebration 
of fashion can be the jumping off point 

for new young designers. Having 
students' work in front of both the press 
and the public is a unique opportunity 
for Lasell. W 

Senior Collections 
Near Completion 

Fashion Design seniors are busily com- 
pleting their collections for the spring 
fashion show. Mary Pat Smyth '04 is the 
only senior designing children's cloth- 
ing and she is seen here with two of her 
15 beautiful pieces. "Everything is 
assembled," she sighs exhaustedly. "It's 
down to the hems and ribbons." Mary 
hopes to go into business for herself 
after graduating, and her work serves as 
a wonderful recommendation. 

1 2 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 

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Ruth Reynders Mathias is turning 100 
in May. She resides at an assisted-living 
facility in Hopkinton, MA. Ruth pur- 
sues her passion for art in her Hfe, and 
many of her paintings grace the walls of 
her room. 



Amorette Larchar Skilton says, "It is 

good to get Lasell news," and admits 
to doing the usual "senior" things Uke 
swimming, playing cards and taking 


Marjorie Reed Colley enjoys talking 
on the phone with Audrey Smith 
Henderson and Phyllis Gunn Rodgers. 

Our sincere condolences to Care 
Stevenson Seick whose husband died 
in June. Caro is moving to California to 
be near her children. 


Irene Dreissigacker Brimlow is still in 
good health and enjoying life. She says, 
"I have five grandchildren in college, 
two in graduate school, one working in 
NYC, and two little ones. I am thankful 
for all my blessings." 


Flo Kent Parks is now a great-grand- 

Dorothy Thomas Thomas is busy organ- 
izing an adult literacy site at her church. 

Faye Wadhams Smith and Arlene 
Wishart Sylvester enjoy corresponding. 
Faye still loves to bowl. Arlene had 
colon cancer surgery and is doing fine. 
She is back working in the Lasell 
College Archives. 


From California, Mary Margaret 
Corcoran Franich writes, "I always enjoy 
hearing whaf s going on in the Boston 
area. I don't travel to the east coast as 
my family is all out here." 

Our sincere condolences to Janice Marr 
Demer on the death of her husband, 
Walter, in February. 

Mary Jean Schultz Waddell moved to an 
apartment from her home of 44 years. 


Frances Britton Holden and her 

husband were honored by the 
Chippewa-Rogues Hollow Historical 
Society of Dolylestown (OH) for their 
years of service. 

"I'm sorry that grand old Bragdon Hall 
has been replaced as she was a warm 
spot for us day students in '38 and '39," 
writes PrisciUa Clark Kresser. 

"Two new granddaughters this year," 
says Carolyn McCarty Springer, "and I 
now have seven of each - grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren." Carolyn is 
still active in DAR on the scholarship 

Dorothy Paddock Forster sold her home 
in Pittsburgh and bought an apartment 
in Mechanicsburg, PA. She says, "I 
really like it here, and now I am near 
my children." 

Susan Ridley moved from her condo 
in Chicopee, MA, to an assisted-living 
facility in Springfield. Philosophically 
Susan notes that time marches on 
and while lots of things had to go, she 
is looking forward to making new 
friends. Adapting to her new life is 
made easier by being near her nephew 
and his family. 

After her husband suffered a severe 
stroke, Luceal Welsh Bemi moved to 
Rhode Island to be near her daughter 


Becky Allen Ryan and her husband 
are healthy, doing some traveling, 
and enjoying their four grandchildren. 

"Just as I move to Hawaii," writes Jean 
Cooney Leitch, "Jay Jahn Warren moves 
back to the mainland. I finally made my 
move here to be near my son and two 
grandsons. Big change, but I love it." 

Lou Hooker Paterson enjoys playing 
bridge with Gerry Bixby AveriU at 
their church. 


Ruth Bowlend EckhofF keeps busy 
taking computer classes. She says, 
"Someday I'll be an expert. In the 
meantime, I'm having fun." 

Our sincere condolences to Marcia 
Corey Hanson whose husband, Herb, 
died suddenly in July. 

Jessie Dobson Salmon and her husband 
celebrated their 60th wedding anniver- 
sary with "a wonderful party" in 
October, and she enjoyed the annual 
alumni get-together in Vero Beach, FL, 
in February. About her reunion last 
summer with Natalie Vogel Lawton '44, 
Jessie says it was fun meeting her after 
so many years. 

"I have 12 grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren," boasts Ruth 
Mosher Porter. 

Mary Polhemus Davies continues 
to travel and enjoy her children and 

In the summer of 2003, Muriel Stark 
Goldsmith traveled to Italy, the UK, 
and Sweden, to visit friends. 


"I have the best of two worlds," writes 
Frances Beebe Jones. "I spend the sum- 
mers in New England and the winters 
in North Carolina." Frances keeps in 
touch with Clarice Lothrop Davin. 

Elaine Kemp Johnson writes, "I am 
enjoying my condo on Long Island. 
Being 80 is wonderful including my 
great-granddaughter I think I'll be 
80 again." 


Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
Goodwin Flint whose sister, Mary 
"Dolly" Goodwin Culver '28, died in 
January. Barbara is retired and living 
in Florida for the last seven years. She 
spends summers in New Hampshire. 


Ann Carlin Schofield celebrated her 
50th wedding anniversary with a cruise 
on the Danube. 

Nancy Muzzey Woodrow enjoys 
retired Hfe. She and her husband travel 
extensively with frequent visits to New 
England where their five grandchildren 

"Still alive, busy, and giving piano les- 
sons," writes Dorothy Piper Bottalico. 

About her family who live in Hawaii, 
Dorothy says, "A great place to visit at 


Last fall, Lynn Blodgett Williamson was 

named Lasell trustee emeritus. 

After 24 years, Raemary Chase Duryea 

and her husband finally got back to 
Scotland. She says, "We had super 
weather and a great time." 

Mary- Lou Fisher Bumess spent the 
winter in Portugal. 

Three classmates from the class of 4^ reminisce at the Palm Beach Gardens alumni event in 
February. (L to R) Janet Eaton Maynard, Nonie Lederman Carroll, Pauli LaForme Murphy. 

Qass Notes Spring 2004 

Class Notes 


Four loyal friends from the Class of 1^46 enjoyed a tour of the new Bragdon and then lunch 
in Valentine Dining Hall. (L to R) Helen Richter Hanson, Nan Somerville Blowney, Joan 
Hanson Blake, and Anne Blake Perkins. 

1946 (continued) 
Sarah Myers McCormick retired 
from real estate and drove to Atlanta 
and Pennsylvania for military reunions. 
Two of her four children are married, 
but "no grandchildren so far." Sarah 
says, "Arizona is a great place to 
visit and live." 


Esther Comwell Osborne and her hus- 
band moved to a retirement community 
in Peabody, MA. She says, "We are 
enjoying our new lifestyle." 

Loma Earle Taylor and her husband 
moved to a retirement home in Bangor, 
ME. She writes, "Closer to our children, 
and an easier life." 

Our sincere condolences to Jeanne 
Franklin Bates on the death of her 
husband, Jim. 

Prisdlla Stone Hird continues to spend 
seven months in Florida and five 
months at the lake in New Hampshire. 
She says, "It is the best of two worlds." 


Elaine Burrell King's granddaughter. 
Amber King '04, will graduate from 
LaseU in May. Elaine enjoys painting 
watercolors, doing needlepoint, playing 
golf, playing and teaching mah jongg, 
and volunteering at a literacy program. 

Aime Chapman Berl writes, "I was 
sorry to miss our 55th reunion. I am 
busy visiting four out-of-town children 
and their famiUes, and am still playing 
some golf tennis, and bridge. Hi to all 
my classmates." 

Our sincere condolences to Jane Edsall 
Jacobs whose husband died in October. 

Sally Rowe Eraser and her husband cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary 
last August. 

Lucile Tucker Andersorfs granddaugh- 
ter, Elizabeth D'Esopo '05, is a junior at 
Lasell and enjoying it. 

"Sorry to have missed reunions," writes 
Muriel Ward Owler. Muriel keeps in 
touch with Virginia Bailey McAllister, 
who lives in Florida, and Louise 

Gleason Chock who is now living in 
San Diego. 

An update from Gloria Wurth Harrison: 
"We are fortunate to live the past 27 
years in southern California where we 
can play tennis and golf as well as swim 
in our heated pool year-round. We have 
16 grandchildren from our six kiddos. 
We are blessed." 

(L to R) Joyce Brandt Francis '^g and 
Charlotte Sweet Ramsey '48 enjoy sharing 
Lasell memories at the Saratoga Springs, 
NY alumni event held on November 9. 


Our sincere condolences to Mona 

Carson Bumpus on the death of her 
husband, Fred. 

Shirley Olesen Somes regrets that she 
cannot attend reunion because of health 

Janet White MacLure is doubtful she 
will make it to reunion in May as they 
are planning to leave Florida that week- 
end. She says, "Have a wonderful time." 

Boydes Wilson Smith and her husband 
enjoyed a 15-day cruise through the 
Panama Canal in October. 

"A year of surgery at 74 has given me 
some grief" writes Jacquelyn Word 
Stallings. "But I still love our little 
village in North Carolina. And I think 
so fondly of Lasell." 


Nancy Bean Lord writes, "Mary Jane 

Corrallo Noel, Anne Mastin Egner, 

and I had a great Briggs mini-reunion 
at Joan Dorau Hohorst's wonderful 
cottage in Maine. Those 53 years just 

"Still enjoy living on the Cape," writes 
Margot Bergstrom Semonian. "It is 
especially lovely minus the tourists." 
Margot has five growing grandsons, 
ages 6-16. She is active in church activi- 
ties as well as other Cape organizations 
and tries to keep fit with yoga. 

In October, Claire Dodge Davis and her 

husband celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary with a long weekend with 
family in Maine. In August they spent 
two weeks in Ireland. 

Marion Ettinger Steinmetz has another 

Betty Jean Jones Bolton enjoyed her 
visit to Lasell on her way home from 
her grandson's college graduation. 

Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson wishes 
good health, happiness, and the won- 
derful spirit of Lasell to all. She is sorry 
she hasn't contacted Lasellmates for 
chatting and getting a club together but 
promises to do so. Elizabeth is excited 
about a trip to Disney this year. 

Our sincere condolences to Betty 
Maclnnes Deal on the death of her 
husband last December. Betty writes, "I 
love living in a retirement community 
with many friends nearby. My grand- 
daughter spent the summer with me, 
and we did lots of fun things." 

Rosemary O'Brien deBelay spent the 
holidays in Switzerland with family. She 
says, "At last my son's and daughter's 
families are in the same country." 
Rosemary's six grandkids give her 
much joy. 

"Planning on moving to a retirement 
home in Tampa, FL, near one of my 
daughters," writes Jean Ostrander 

Jane Perry spends summers in the 
Adirondack Mountains. She traveled 
to Italy, Great Britain, and Ireland. 

Joan Robilotto Gibson and her husband 
travel as much as they can. They 
enjoyed their trip through the Panama 

Lois Schaller Toegemann enjoys meet- 
ing other alums at the Florida alumni 
events. She gets together with Astrid 
Selander Fowler in Newport, RI. 

Barbara Schnelle Orton is the caregiver 
for her husband who is on dialysis and 
in a wheelchair. 

Sally Smith Brothers has been living in 
the same house for almost 40 years. 
She enjoys line dancing, book club, 
yoga, and going to the theatre. 

"Staying put in Arkansas after 37 years," 
writes Esther Snowden Richmond. "My 
three children, 10 grandchildren, and 
three greats show no signs of leaving 
either. Call if you are in the state or 
stop by." 

This past fall. Jet Temperley Jennings 

visited family in Ireland and spent the 
winter by the Gulf Stream in England. 


Kathleen Ballard Heck and her husband 
are doing -well. Her oldest grandson 
graduated college. 

"Life in Maine continues to be wonder- 
ful. I can now boast eight children (five 
step) and 16 grandkids (eight step)," 
writes Sallyann Bartlett Bassett. 
Sallyann keeps in touch with Alice 
Pittenger, Joyce Weitzel Flanagan, 
Ginny Starck Redmond, and Marie 
Kohaut Dougherty. 

Three classmates from ig^o enjoy a mini reunion at the Boca Raton, FL alumni event in 
February. (L to R) June Handleman Gilmartin, Rosemary O'Brien deBelay and Sally 
Hughes Fasick. 

Class Notes Spring 2004 

class Notes 

1951 (continued) 

"Tennis anyone," quips Rae Harrington 
Blum. Despite her husband's retire- 
ment, he is still building houses, and 
Rae helps out with the business. "But," 
she adds, "I spend most of my time on 
the termis court." 

Linda Heather Venezia visited Alice 
"Smokey" Stover Kiehl this past 
summer in New Jersey. Linda also 
sees Mariarma Firebaugh Burgund '52. 

Anne Ivers Reiske has four grandchil- 

Fifty years ago, Charlotte Kelley 

Campbell left Massachusetts to accept a 
position as a dental hygienist in Tulsa, 
OK. She has been a practicing dental 
hygienist for all that time, "which is the 
longest anyone has ever pursued that 
profession in Oklahoma." Twice she has 
received the award for "outstanding 
dental hygienist." Charlotte has three 
grown daughters and 11 grandchildren. 

For her 71st birthday, Marie Kohaut 
Dougherty's son gave her a trip to Paris. 
"Great fun," she writes. Marie also trav- 
els to Florida for fishing and golf and 
visits Chicago to see grandchildren. 

"From Montana, Lasell seems remote," 
says Donna Lincoln Smith. "I went on 
to get two master's degrees and stiU 
work with young people." Donna hears 
from Dottie McPherson Wickersham, 
Liz Trisko Battis, and Jean Davis Walter. 

Bonnie Reis Doe writes, "I am still fas- 
cinated and engrossed in composition. 
My Portraits for Piano was published last 
spring, and another set of compositions 
will be on the market soon." Bonnie 
takes one composition course after 
another When not composing and 
teaching, she enjoys "wonderfiil times 
with my children and grandchildren." 

Peggy Riker Miller and her husband cel- 
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 
She writes, "We had a family celebration 
and spent a wonderful time in New 
Brunswick and Nova Scotia." 

"Hawaii, here I come," writes Joanne 
Seremeth Teague. About her move to 
an apartment from her 12-room house, 
Joanne says, "What a shock that is to 
the system." 

Patricia Walsh Barry and her husband 
enjoy traveling and visiting their six 
children and 17 grandchildren. 


"Hi all," from Rosalie Caiger Sargent. 

Betty Lou Foy Reid's first grandson had 
open-heart surgery four days after he 
was bom, but is doing fine now. This 
past June, Betty Lou retired after 32 
years in the French Department at 
Brown University. 

After 40 years in New Jersey, Bonnie 
Gill Smith and her husband moved to 
Michigan. About the move Bonnie says, 
"We sure had a lot of boxes and fond 

Living in southern California for the 
past 28 years, Nancy Gotier Fein is now 
retired. She raised four children and 
has four grandchildren. She says, "The 
Class of '52 has drifted far and wide. 
To all my far-off" friends, I would love 
to get emails from you." 

Dottie Mulhere Barrett enjoys living in 
Florida, collecting Boyd's bears, and 
emailing friends and family. 

"Sorry I had to miss our 50th, but I was 
on my honeymoon," writes Geraldine 
Paulmier HazeU. For her honeymoon, 
Geraldine took "a spectacular river 
cruise through Europe. That is the way 
to go." 

"I have been living in Arizona about 
nine years," reports Ann Rathbum 
Spadola. Her oldest grandson is a 
freshman in college. 

Ginny Snedaker Marschall is doing okay 
after total hip replacement surgery. She 
writes, "No travel for the time being, 
but hopefiiUy very soon." 

All 14 members of Muriel Webb 
Moyer's family (plus one dog) attended 
a family reimion in Maine. Muriel says, 
"I wanted my grandchildren from 
Washington, Virginia, and Florida to 
experience New England." 

Barbara Wenzel Boucher enjoys spend- 
ing winters in Venice, FL, and summers 
in Ocean Park, ME. 


"I remarried in June 2003 after being 

widowed in October 3000," writes Mary 
Blackham Williamson (formerly Kelly). 
"Between us we have 17 grandchildren. 
We are living on Cape Cod and playing 
lots of golf and tennis." 

Janet Chase Ash started a great new 
job-share as an administrative assistant 
working every other week for a church 
in Cypress, TX. 

"My 13 grandkids keep me busy," writes 
Barbara Crossley Kelling. This wdnter 
Barbara was off to Vienna for a cruise 
up the Danube. 

Dot Day Bardarson writes, "I have 
released over 50 art prints, and my 
gallery carries art by Alaskan artists." 
Dot says she is a health and exercise 
buff and boasts of doing 10 pull-ups. 
She has six grandchildren and three 
greats. "Life is fiill." 

Audrey Lang Clark welcomed grand- 
child # nine. 

"Our only child has four children," says 
Bobbie Palumbo Howe. "They live in 
the next town so we see them often." 
Bobbie and her husband spend the 
winter in an apartment on the ocean 
in Ft. Lauderdale. She says, "Anyone in 
the area, come visit." 

"Our 50th reunion was wonderfiil," 
writes Beverly Thornton HalloweU. "Old 
friends, old times, and old memories. 
The campus is still beautifiil." Beverly's 
10 grandchildren range from two to 18 

Ginger Wilder Melitz decided to do 
something memorable for her 70th 
birthday, so she tried tandem skydiving. 
Ginger reports, "First you free fall from 
13,000 to 5,000 feet. Then the chute 
opens, and you float to the ground. It is 
fantastic, and I highly recommend it." 


"Hope to make my 50th reunion in 

May," writes Frances Mitchell Sherman. 

Frances enjoyed a big family gathering 
to celebrate her 70th birthday. She is 
still quilting and is now spinning with 
her new spinning wheel. She has eight 

Nancy's oldest grandson is graduating 
from Boston University that Sunday. 

Our sincere condolences to Pat Wilson 
Kane whose husband died in 2001. Pat 
says, "I finally sold our house." 


Enjoying retirement, Nancy Curtis Kern 

says, "I don't know how I had time to 
work. Visiting wdth family (mostly my 
kids) gets us traveling." 

Pam Downing Card attended her 50th 
high school reunion in New Hampshire 
and said that her class was well repre- 
sented from coast to coast. 

Classmates from the class of ^4 share an intimate moment at the Palm Beach Gardens, 
Florida alumni event in February hosted hy Thelma Greenherg Florin. (L to R) Anne 
Kempel Green, Nancy Hedtler Ford, Thelma Greenherg Florin. 

Ruth Murdick Walker and her new hus- 
band bought and remodeled a 100-year- 
old home in East Longmeadow, MA. 

"Still working part-time and loving it," 
says Lorraine Nelson Stevens. Lorraine 
and her husband travel as much as 
possible - to England last spring and 
Ireland in the fall. She has two grand- 

Shirley Read Lupien works part-time 
in a law firm. She went on a Caribbean 
cruise with her three daughters in 
November and has seven grandchil- 

Carol Sharpies Pyle, who died in 
September 2003, was diagnosed with 
Alzheimer's when her daughter, 
Abigail, was only 23 years old. Abigail 
is hoping to hear from her mother's 
Lasell friends because, she says, "There 
are so many stories I want to hear about 
my mom to get to know her better 
when she was my age and younger." 
You can contact Abigail Barker at 1595 
Constitution Drive, Richmond, VA 
23233 (804-754-8270). 

"Yes, I will be at the 50th reunion," 
writes Nancy Swanson Horsfield. 

Marilyn Meyer Herlin enjoyed visits 
with Valerie Montanez Barto in Florida, 
Connecticut, and Nantucket. 

Joan Murano Swanson was promoted 
to administrator for research in the 
dentistry department at the University 
of Rochester. She has a new grandson 
that makes a total of three. 

"I hope to make my 50th reunion in 
2005," writes CJ Somers Ogrodnik. CJ 
doesn't think she wiU recognize Lasell 


Ann August Marcus winters in Boca 
Raton. She asks anyone in the area to 
give her a call. 

Elaine Bertini Roske met Ann Tucker 
Lojzim and Lorraine Saunders in 

Connecticut and says, "It was so nice 
to be together." 

Deanne Dario Sferrino works fiiU-time 
for a software firm. She says her four 
grandbabies (one set of twins) keep 
her young, and she travels when time 

Class Notes Spring 2004 

Class Notes 


Two friends had a ivonderful reunion after 22 years. They talked and shared and played 
some golf and bridge. Both look forward to making it an annual event. (L to R) foan 
Yaghjian Papazian '^6 and Pat Strawbridge Mulhem '56. 

1956 (continued) 

Martha Forristall Smith says, "We are 
fortunate to spend our summers on 
Lake Sunapee, NH, and winters on 
Sanibel Island, FL. Our three children 
and eight grandchildren love it also." 

"Between Spencer (MA) and Naples 
(FL) we are having fun," writes Pattie 
Holland Bird. "I'm into stained glass, 
and we love our motor home." 

After retiring from Fleet Bank, Mary 
Laham Shagoury went back two days 
a week. She has five grandchildren. 

"Retired, doing some traveling, and 
expecting our third great-grandchild," 
writes Sally Lester Verbeck. 

"Retired and loving it," says Lorraine 
Saunders. She moved to a townhouse 
near the ocean. Lorraine travels often 
and visits Betty Hintze Pierson, Ann 
Tucker Lojzim, and Elaine Bertini 
Roske. She is looking forward to her 
"big" reunion. 

Carolyn Whitford Scott says that it was 
wonderful to visit with her roommate, 
Adrienne Ensher Kachadourian, in her 
home in Binghamton, NY, this year. 

Janet Whitney Buck and her husband 
travel 6-7 months a year in their RV. 
She says, "We have seen all but three 
U.S. states. We hope to get to them 

this year" 


"A busy year," writes Ann Bidwell 
Sanborn. She moved from New 
Hampshire to Florida and built an 
in-law apartment with her daughter in 
Illinois. Ann says, "We are now closer 
to all of our children. When all this was 
happening, we lived in six states in six 

In September, Ann Donnelly Murphy's 

landscapes in pastel were on display at 
the Copley Society of Art. She and her 
husband live in Marshfield, MA, and 
they have two grandsons. 

Caroline Killam Moller's daughter and 
two granddaughters visited from 
England in August. In October, Caroline 
traveled to Africa for a safari. "It was a 
fabulous experience." 

Joan Kramer Edelman would love to 
hear from members of the Class of 1957 
when they visit the D.C. area. 

"Enjoying southern Maryland, our new 
home state," writes Virginia Krauss 
White. "My husband and I swim every- 
day, even in November. If s wonderfld 
living close to our daughter and three 
grandsons. We get to see the other six 
grandchildren as often as we can. 
Retirement is great, just like everyone 

Carol Swartz Kumin enjoys living on 
Cape Cod. About her breakfast with 
Camilla Carlson Ellsworth, Carol says, 
"It was fun talking about old times and 
discussing new adventures." 

Ada Whitmore Suydam enjoyed a Rhine 
cruise in July. 


This past summer, Bonnie Beckwith 
Morrison and her former roommate, 
Bev Bearse Sowerby, spent some time 
with Jane Pethybridge Ralston. Bonnie 
recalls, "Bev and I did lots of antiquing 
because my summer home is near the 
Brimfield flea market." 

Jeanne Bradner Morgan enjoyed a visit 
from roomie, Lin Truell Good, and Gail 
Seibert Glover. Jeanne loves retirement 
and time to enjoy old friends. 

"Happy to read Lasell Leaves and see 
that Lasell is doing well and has fially 
entered the 21st century," writes 
Linda Braslow Lefkowitz. 

Kirsten Harvey Brownell moved to 
southern Maine. She says, "We look 
forward to rural living in this beautiful 
state close to family." 

Ann Laramy Calvin retired from teach- 
ing kindergarten after 28 years. She is 
active in Kiwanis and her church. She 
writes, "My husband and I travel a lot 
and are enjoying our golden years." 

"Did not get back for the 45th reunion 
due to more hip surgery," reports Ann 
Reeves Burton. "Did get back at the end 
of September, and the campus looks 

Meade Simpson Fasciano continues 
to enjoy her volunteer work at the 
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Meade 
is learning to play golf but admits she 
doesn't keep score. Her grandchildren 
number six. 

Marsha Singer Marshall had this to say 
about reunion: "It was wonderful. 
Staying on campus with everyone is the 
only way to go. Thanks for such a good 
time goes to everyone who stayed at 
Gardner. And we can't forget the girls 
from the Class of '83 who helped liven 
things up even more." 

Nancy Spargo Goodridge got together 
with Barbara Wenzel Carroll in Naples 
last spring. "It was lots of good memo- 
ries and laughs." 

"Sorry I missed our reunion," writes 
Barbara Stannard Riedinger, "but I'll be 
there in 2008." Barbara recently moved 
to Franklin, MA, to be closer to her 
daughter, son-in-law, and the Vineyard. 


Joan Syde Norwitz moved from her 
house of 32 years to a condo. She says, 
"Our four children, four grandchildren, 
ttavels, movies, cards, and friends keep 
us busy. Hi to all." 



Audrey Bergesen Long sends best 

wishes to her former classmates. 

Barbara Bogert Wahlberg is well and 

keeping busy. Her daughter, Susan 
Wahlberg Morch '88, has a 2-year-old, 
"a future Lasell student?" 

Lynn Flusser Tidl is still working at the 
New Jersey Psychological Association 
and enjoying her four grandchildren. 

Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is a substitute 
teacher for grades K-6. Her two 
children are doctors, and she has 
one granddaughter. 

"I'm busy with six grandchildren," 
says Susan Ladd Johnston. 

In January, Lynn Williams Kem sang 
at Carnegie Hall with the Towne 
Singers from California. She has four 

The Loyal Reunioners of the Class of '60 gathered on the Cape over Columbus Day 
Weekend. They dressed in red hats and purple dresses to celebrate their "sisterhood. " The 
weekend was complete with a special lobster dinner, a shopping spree, and the "usual 
laughter, sharing, and caring of old-golden friends." If you are interested in attending, 
contact anyone in the picture. Front of stairs (L to R) Barbara McAlary Kashar, Kip Kirk 
Macintosh. Stairs (front ascending) Joan White Martin, Michele Poirier Gorman. Stairs 
(back ascending) Elaine Waters Shaunessy, Faith Bowker Maloney, Mary McCartney 
Kuhrtz, Fran Fleming Kennedy. 

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class Notes 

The Pickard Girls from '61 meet in Massachusetts. They love their annual get-together, 
and all have stories to share. Standing (L to R) Carolyn Bird Murray, Nancy Kinghom 
Batayte, Donna Shillings Kessler, Charlotte Siders Morgan. Seated (L to R) Twink 
Carberry Haddad, Sharon Handley House. 


"Hello to all 1961 classmates," writes 
Valerie Duval Pettinicchi. Valerie keeps 
in touch with Georgia Beaumont 
Tramontane in Florida and Linda 
Norwell Gaulin in New Hampshire. She 
says that she is proud to work at her 
daughter's dance studio in Connecticut. 
Valerie celebrated her 35th wedding 
anniversary, and her son got married in 
October 2002. 

This past summer, Chase Kirschner 
Wilson continued volimteering with the 
underprivileged. Regarding her trip to 
Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Germany, 
France, and Spain, she says, "I am on 
history overload." 

"We drove through the Lasell campus in 
October. What a change!" writes Carole 
Lamson Burpee. Carole is retired and 
keeps busy with her four grandsons 
and, "finally, a precious granddaughter." 
She volunteers at the local hospital, the 
women's auxiliary of the fire company, 
and at her church. She and her husband 
travel a lot in their motor home. 

An exhibition of Ann Mcintosh Mello's 

paintings was on display at the Marion 
Art Center in New Bedford, MA last 
summer. Ann paints in acrylics, 
watercolors, and mixed media. She 
has studios in her homes in Worcester 
and Mattapoisett (MA). She is also a 
docent at the Worcester Art Museum. 

"Another busy year in Arizona," writes 
Penny Pattee Matthew. Penny feels 
fortunate to have her daughters, their 
husbands, and two grandsons close by. 

"Hello to all from beautiful Myrtle 
Beach, SC," writes Nan Sparks Hunter. 
"I am enjoying my eight grandchildren 
and am always busy with my 6-year-old 
granddaughter who lives nearby." Nan 
looks forward to traveling as much as 
she can. 


Elizabeth Behre Mulligan is looking 
forward to her first grandchild (she has 
six step-grandchildren) and retirement. 
She will probably be moving to Jupiter 
(FL) where she has had a condo for the 
past 12 years. 

Muriel Bloom Bruskin writes, "Our son 
was married in July, and our daughter 
presented us with a third grandson in 
October. Life is good." Muriel works 
part-time at her husband's electronics 

"Staying busy in Florida with our 
produce business and our 17-year-old 
grandson. Where does the time go?" 
asks Sandra Cloud Barringer. 

Our sincere condolences to Francine 
Cohn JafFe whose husband of 38 years, 
Mitchell, passed away in September 
2002. Francine writes, "Suddenly my 
hfe turned upside down. That same day 
our first grandchild was bom. Things 
are getting better. I moved to Florida to 
be near my son." 

"Where are the Hawthorne House 
women from '62?" asks Carol MiUer 
Glassman. Carol is a school-based 
occupational therapist. She says, "I 
have a terrific husband, three grown, 
married children, three grandchildren, 
and a busy life." 

Dee Orben Campbell had a wonderfiil 
summer at her lake house with lots of 
salmon, water skiing, and a great family 
reunion in July. 

Tracy Potter Vangermeersch retired in 
January, leaving more time for her five 
grandchildren, three in Colorado and 
two in Maryland. 

Our sincere condolences to Bonnie 
Reimann whose mother passed away 
in September. This past year, Bonnie 
traveled to France, Italy, Iceland, Puerto 

Rico, California, and Seattle. She is vice 
president of her garden club, president 
of the Bristol (CT) Association of 
Retired Teachers, and is on the board 
of the Association of Retired Teachers 
of Connecticut. She spends a lot of 
her time lobbying for political issues 
concerning retired teachers. 

Karen Smith Grover places and works 
with international high school students 
and works at Attica Prison. She has two 
grown daughters. 

Virginia Tsouros Taylor's painting, 
"Waveny at Christmas," is this year's 
greeting card for the New Canaan (CT) 
Historical Society. Virginia paints 
individualized home portraits as well 
as local buildings of interest, and her 
work has been exhibited throughout 
New England, Maryland, and Michigan, 
gaining niomerous awards. 


Judy Firth Haggett lives in a communi- 
ty near Daytona Beach. She plays tennis 
on a USTA Florida team, and placed 
second in the state competition last 
spring. She spends summers on Lake 
George in northern New York. Judy has 
four grandchildren, ages five-io. 

"All is fine and about the same as last 
year," writes Sarah Hirst-Pitts. 

f oArm Jacobson is busy at work, 
swims at area pools whenever she 
gets a chance, and is active with the 
local peace groups and her church." 
She visits her father in California every 
fall and enjoys hearing class news. 

Peggy Maher Strachman is a computer 
programmer, college professor, has two 
grown kids, and hails from Arizona. 

fill Montag Goldman and her husband 
built a smaller home in a gated commu- 
nity in New Rochelle, NY. She is in the 
jewelry business and loves it. Jill has 
three grandchildren. 

"I am teaching for my 32nd and last 
year," writes Linda Welt Horowitz. 
"After my husband retires, we plan to 
move to our condo in Puerto Vallarta, 
Mexico, and make frequent trips 
back to Dallas to visit our two grand- 


Jane Leonard Wilcox took early retire- 
ment from her teaching career to join 
her newly retired husband. She says, 
"We are having the time of our lives." 
Jane is a hospice volunteer and "a 
babysitting grandmother of four grand- 

After living and working in northern 
Arizona for 15 years, Ellen Parker 
Steeg and her husband returned to 
the "valley of the sun," and built a 
home in an active adult community in 
Chandler, AZ. She has two "wonderful" 
grandchildren who live down the road. 

"After 15 wonderful years of taking 
small groups to Great Britain with my 
tour company, I have finally retired," 
writes Pat Perry Polidor. "Now my 
frequent trips to England are for sheer 

pleasure to catch up with friends." Paf s 
daughter was married in September. 

Darlene Smith Riemer talked with 
Ginny Frawley Pasquantonio, and 
they hope to get all members of 
Conn House to attend reunion in 
May. Darlene has two granddaughters. 


Katherine Healey Marella enjoys 
working at a home day care. Her two 
granddaughters also keep her busy. 

When her husband turned 60, EUie 
Lamson Brewster celebrated with a 
cruise on the Navigator of the Seas with 
two daughters and four grandchildren. 
In the fall, when visiting in New 
England, EUie saw Marge Story Brown. 

"This is the first time I have gotten in 
touch with Lasell in 38 years," says 
Joanne O'Brien Ricciardi. "I am happUy 
at home after a long career in high tech 
and am enjoying our six grandchildren. 
I am soon to launch a new career in real 

"I am thrilled to announce the birth of 
our first grandchild," writes Virginia 
Pedrick Searle. Virginia enjoys being in 
touch with classmates as she helps plan 
for the 40th reunion in '05. 

Margo Yonker MacKenzie's first grand- 
child was bom in January 2003. 


Marsha Howe Neubert is looking 
forward to retirement after 36 years 
of teaching. She would like to spend 
more time vwth family and friends. 

Nancy Naylor Busby writes, "We have 
left the beauty of Colorado which we 
enjoyed for 19 years and are now living 
in the Dallas area. We are joyous and 
blessed to live near our kids, grandkids, 
and great-grandldds." 

GaU WUliamson-Hawes spent two 
months volunteering at a lion park in 
South Africa. Her job was to feed and 
take care of baby lions. 


Susann Aheam Costa became a grand- 
mother for the first time in July. About 
her granddaughter, Susann says, "She is 
our ray of sunshine." 

Merle Lockwood Dallison reports that 
she is happily married, has two grown 
children, and one grandchild who is a 
total joy. 

"In 2001, our two sons blessed us with 
grandchildren. One had triplet boys. 
Nine days later, the other had twin girls. 
Yes, five grandchildren within nine 
days," writes Judith Shea Borek. "They 
are truly our joy." 


From Framingham, MA, Lisa Altshuler 
Freidus is planning her daughter's 
wedding in Florida. Lisa says, "Planning 
this beautiful occasion is a long-distance 
challenge." Lisa continues experiment- 
ing with art through monotypes, 
acrylics, and coUage and loves every 

Class Notes Spring 2004 

Class Notes 

A lifetime of friendship began at Lasell School of Nursing, Class ofigGgfor (L to R) 
Colleen Scrihner Balestrieri and Marie Rondeau Lemoine. Marie is manager of pulmonary 
rehabilitation at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Colleen is senior case 
manager for Concentra Integrated Services in Jacksonville, FL. They enjoy their annual 

1968 (continued) 

"I am no longer nursing," says Chris 
Kinney McCann. "When my youngest 
son went to college, I went back to 
school for a degree in business." Chris 
just finished a year as president of the 
newcomers dub in greater Greenville 
(SC). "It is the best way to make friends 
in a new community." 

Ellen Margolis Monk writes, "My spe- 
cial time at Lasell and all the memories 
of wonderful friends and faculty are still 
with me and always wiU be." Ellen has 
been Uving in Manhattan for 10 years. 
She now has time to enjoy all the 
cidtural things New York has to offer - 
opera, ballet, theatre, concerts, and 
membership at lots of dubs. Ellen has 
two daughters in graduate school, and 
her son begins college in the fall. 

In 2001, Sherry Swain Dey started her 
own business as a private geriatric care 
manager and eldercare consultant in the 
Greenwich/ Stamford, CT area. Sherry 
and her husband are now enjoying 
some travel. They recently returned 
from a trip to the south of France. She 
is also a first-time grandmother. 

"Here's 35 years in a nutshell," writes 
Virginia White Kelty. "After earning a 
B.A., I undertook the doctoral program 
in clinical psychology at Boston 
University, met my husband, had our 
son (who just graduated from high 
school), and got a Ph.D. I now have a 
private practice in Braintree and love 
hving in Scituate (MA)." 


Betsy Gimbel Ratner is currently work- 
ing on another book. She writes, "Peace, 
love, and joy to aU." 



Since 1989, Susanne Vagnini has been 
selling training and communication 
initiatives to Fortune 1000 companies. 
She lives in Tampa. 

Married for 29 years, Linda Campbell- 
Seek finished having a second home 
completely renovated on Treasure Island 
in Maine. 


On the road this past summer, all 
through New England and New York 
state, Mary Hobler Hyson is happy to 
report that there are still lots of trees 
and farmlands in the northeast. 

From Fairfield, CT, Beverly Lambert 

Quinn writes, "Still teaching in New 
York and Connecticut. I have 60 
students and a waiting list of 30. All^H 
is well here." 

Mary Wilson Boegel and her husband 
started a business in 1985 that designs 
and manufactures rehabilitation therapy 
equipment for children and adults with 
physical disabilities. 


"Life is good," writes Elizabeth Andrews 
Haidet. "We're now empty nesters and 
are enjoying our time together." 

Bonnie Berman Wugman worked in 
retail management and then for a non- 
profit in sales and development. She is 
a member of the Lasell College Alumni 
Board of Management. 

Our sincere condolences to Ann 
Sidman Dubin on the death of her 
husband, Stanley. 

Nancy Zuber Perry spent several days in 
New York visiting Susan Schrade, "who 
prepared a fabulous gourmet meal." 
They also spent time with Gail Kaufman 
Furgal. A wholesaler of costume jewelry 
for the past 12 years, Nancy still enjoys 
the work. 


From South Carolina, Sue Clark Miller 

reminisces, "I have moved around a 
great deal and have lost touch with just 
about everyone. I had so many great 
friends from Lasell. We were the last 
ones to room in Bragdon, and we had to 
move during winter break. There are so 
many memories." 

Victoria Cole Staples works as a pread- 
mission nurse for the surgical services 
department at Emerson Hospital in 
Concord, MA. It is her 30th year as an 

"I'm working in media relations at 
Connecticut College which until 30 
years ago was all women like Lasell," 
says Nina Lentini. "It is a terrific college 
with a beautiftd campus." 

Janet Lockwood Kawada was one of nine 
Brookline artists whose work was on 
display at the New England Institute of 
Art this past stimmer. The show was 
entitied, "Thoughts Take Form." 


Our sincere condolences go to Carolyn 

Cook Marchuk on the death of her 
mother, Mary Hurley Cook '42, and to 
Adria Goldman Gross on the death of 
her mother. 

Sally Robbins Woodbury is office 
manager for the Falmouth (Cape Cod) 
Chamber of Commerce. She moved to 
Falmouth 40 years ago. She spends her 
free time ocean kayaking and going to 
the beach with her black lab. 


When Catherine Rocheford Johnson 

returned to college this fall for the first 
time in 25 years, there was a famihar 
face in two of her classes - her yoiinger 
daughter Catherine is at Mount 
Holyoke College to get a traditional 
liberal arts degree, and her daughter 
is a freshman. 


For over 25 years. Donna Kelly-Williams 
has been a nurse specializing in 
maternal-child health. She currentiy 
works in general inpatient pediatrics. 
She is hoping to become an elected 
member of the Massachusetts Nurse 
Association Board of Directors in order 
"to strive to bring more nurses to 
become pro-active in representing the 
profession in the healthcare political 

In the fall, Cathy Wardwell Bashore 

and her family moved to Baltimore. 


Four years ago, Andrea Ambrose Scott 

and her family relocated to Minneapolis. 
She says, "My 14-year-old daughter and 
ii-year-old son keep me busy." 



Alexandra Brown Kandola graduated 
from Bentley College with a B.S. in 
marketing. She works at a private 
Montessori school in Duxbury, MA. 


Ranae Stone O'Neil was appointed 
mortgage originator by Granite Bank 
in Keene, NH. She is responsible for 
helping home-buyers find the best way 
to finance their purchase. Ranae lives 
in Harrisville with her husband and 
two children. 

The bond between '58 and '8} continues beyond reunion. Several spent time together 
at the Connecticut Valley alumni event in the fall. Back (L to R) Sue Senofonte Preis '83, 
Caroline Knoener-Skowronek '8}, Julia Schaum Ortale 8}, Joan O'Connor '83. Front 
Betty Anderson Fairchild '58. 

Class Notes Spring 2004 

Class Notes 


Corinne Guyett Norris enjoys being a 
stay-at-home mom with her two sons. 
"I am thrilled to participate in their 
development." She is on the board of 
Portsmouth's (NH) outdoor theatre. 
Corinne also enjoys scrapbooking, 
skiing, and the beach. She keeps in 
touch with Mamiko Ito Yamada and 
Karen Dahl '83. 


"You missed a great time at our 20th! 
The college looks great. What a differ- 
ence from 20 years ago," says Caroline 
Knoener- Skowronek. 


Natalie Sciacca Gekle recently moved 
back to the Boston area from Long 
Island, NY. This past June she and her 
husband were in Bogota, Colombia, 
adopting a litde boy. Natalie says, "His 
older sister just adores him." 


Married for nine years, Denise Dank 
Pitasi has two children and two golden 


Jennifer Carroll Chatham started a 
new job. She lives and works in 
Taunton (MA). 


Barbara Post is a substitute teacher 
in Rhode Island and works part-time 
in a bookstore. 



Married over eight years, Lisa Henry 
Phillips has two children. She is a 
part-time physical therapist assistant 
at Children's Hospital in Boston. 


Amy Foley works for United AirUnes 
in Washington, D.C. She finished 
remodeling her condo in Reston, VA. 

Amyjo Kafka Sikora writes, "I would 
love to hear from my classmates to 
catch up." 


Carolyn Piccolino Decker completed an 
MBA from Keller Graduate School of 
Management in 2002 and works for 
American Intercontinental University 
in academics. She says, "I am happily 
married for 5-1- years and living in 
Bartlett, IL 


Tracey Provost Downs is working for 

the Maiden District Court and has "two 

beautiful boys." She says, "I would love 

to hear from my classmates!" 

After seven years working in the field 
of human service, Brandi Robinson 
switched to marketing and is writing a 
book. She says, "My life goal is to 
inspire people by sharing what I have 
learned and to leave my mark." 


"Please email me. I'd love to hear from 
you regarding reunion," requests 
Kristine Bell Smith. 

Kim Lynch Chisholm lives on the Cape 
with her husband and two children. 

We wish Jennifer Mullin Casella's 

husband, Edward, a safe and speedy 
return from Iraq. He was deployed on 
Valentine's Day 2003. "Since then," 
writes Jennifer, "Brooke (who turned 
one in Jiily) and I keep busy and hope 
that he can be home soon." 


For the past six years, Pam Austin has 

been working as a case manager and 
hospital liaison with the mentally ill 
poptdation. She received a Masters in 
Social Work in May 2003. 

Kerry Brody Barber is a buyer for 
Marshalls. She and her husband pur- 
chased their first home in Bolton, MA. 

Lorin Green is working toward a 
nursing degree while working at a 
major Boston hospital. She writes, 
"I am still super close with Lisa 
Yendriga Norberg, and we had the 
best time celebrating her nuptials in 
sunny Mexico this summer." 

For three years Carrie Lempke Braxton 
has worked at the Detroit Metro 
Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
She is a program coordinator for the 
tourism economic development 
council. Carrie lives in Oak Park, a 
suburb of Detroit, with her husband 
and 2-year-old daughter. 

Nobuko Migita Mizushiro, an English 
teacher, lives in Japan. She and her 
husband are planning a move to Hawaii 
in two years. 


Heather Mulvihill has a Master's in ele- 
mentary education with a specialization 
in instructional technology. 

Nicole Positano White is living in 
Colorado Springs and working for 
the Air Force designing and building 
a 150-room hotel in Denver. 


Carla DiNatale Smith works at the 

Institute of Certified Travel Agents. 

Cassie Perry worked for US Airways 
Express and two different tiavel 
agencies in corporate travel. "After 
September 11," Cassie explains, "the 
travel industry took a downward turn, 
and I switched my career path to 
accounts receivable." 

Stacy Rawson Sheldon stayed home 
with son, Tyler, for two years, but now 
works fiill-time as the business office 
manager for a nursing home in 
Lancaster, MA. She says, "He is ready 
for preschool, but it is going to be hard 
on me after being home with him for 
all that time." 


Julie Allen Clayton works at a health 
dub and gives massages on the week- 
end. She is a certified sttength-tiaining 
specialist. Julie says, "I incorporate all 
of these skills into my day to day life." 
She owns a condo, puppy, kitten, and 

Michelle MUler Smith is an infant 
head teacher for Bright Horizons in 
New Jersey. She celebrated her one-year 
anniversary last May. Michelle is plan- 
ning to open her own family day care. 


Julie McLaughlin is back at school to 
pursue a second associate's degree in 
medical office administiation at Gibbs 
College in Boston. On weekends she 
works in the admissions office. 



Aimee Abdallah bought a condo in New 
Hampshire. Regarding a tiain trip she 
took, she says, "It was amazing. I met 
some famous people and some really 
interesting people who aren't famous." 

"I am still in the army but just got off 
of alert," reports Yadira Hernandez. 

"I went through some intense training 
in Maine in preparation for Iraq." 

Kiplee Johnson received a Doctor of 
Physical Therapy Degree in May and 
passed her national boards on the 
first try. 


"I am working at a mortgage company 
in Aubumdale so I did not move far 
from Lasell," say Jerry Dumais. "I just 
can't get enough." 

Carrie Trombley Gardner is a classroom 
reduction specialist for an elementary 
school in Vermont. She vmtes, "I am 
happily married. Life is great." 

"I am working as a first-grade teacher 
at my old elementary school in Rhode 
Island," reports Emily Usher. "Things 
are great." 


Army Spec. Matthew Hutchinson 
graduated from basic combat tiaining 
at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC, in 
November 2003. 

Ashley Seybold is manager of a real 
estate company in New Hampshire. 

Get Ready for Reunion Weekend! 

May 14-16, 2004 j^ 

For details check 

class Notes Spring 2004 

Class Notes 


Ruth Murdick '54 to Richard Walker 
on September 20, 2003 

Laura Picks '81 to Michael Brennan 

Marie Tremble '93 to Tyler Eck 
on September 12, 2003 

Donna Wolff '93 to Patrick Bowmaster 
on September 21, 2003 

Kimberlee Lynch '94 to Shawn 

Chisholm in 2001 

Kimberlee Coogan '95 to Stephen 
DeCrescenzo in May 1997 

Nobuko Migita '95 to Yasuyuki 
Mizushiro on July 5, 2003 

Jill Cheever '96 to Michael Lazzaro 
on Jiine 14, 2003 

Stacy Rawson '98 to Steven Sheldon 
on September 11, 1999 

Susan Frost '00 to David Gluck 
on October 12, 2003 

Marie Cyr '01 to Jason Mitchell 
on August 16, 2003 


Corinne Guyett Norris '82, a son, 
Nicholas, on October 28, 2002 

Laiu-a French McKenna '88, a daughter, 
Casey Lynn, on July 27, 2003 

Susan Parrish Cabri '92, a son, 
Dylan Jon, on August 2, 2003 

Kimberlee Coogan-DeCrescenzo '95, 

a daughter, Tiana, in December 2000 

Carrie Lempke Braxton '95, a daughter, 
Madison, on November 30, 2001 

Jennifer LaClair Schmidt '97, a 

daughter, Kaidyn Elizabeth, on 
December 6, 2003 

Stacy Rawson Sheldon '98, a son, 
Tyler, on September 8, 2001 


Marjorie Gilford Grimm '22 

Elsa Bauer Wimmer '25 

on January 20, 2004 

H. Bada Waltz Shaw '27 

on June 29, 2003 

Mary "Dolly" Goodwin Culver '28 

on January 4, 2004 

Virginia Hinshaw WUks '31 

on November 7, 2003 

Margery Holden Jackson '32 

on January 28, 2003 

Helen Pierce Watkins '34 

Dorothy Charlton Greely '35 

in 1997 

Nina Williams Newton '35 

on January 8, 2004 

Dorothy Abbott Atherton '37 

on September 3, 2003 

M. Janet Hayes Pittman '37 

on October 5, 2003 

Marjorie Naquin Hoogs '38 

Rosemary Pegnam Johnson '38 

on August 19, 2003 

Eleanor Pierce Puffer '38 

on August 12, 2003 

M. Virginia Wilhelm Harshbarger '38 

on January 22, 2004 

Ruth Shaw Nelson '39 

on December 9, 2003 

Jacqueline Lander Schofield '41, 

summer 2003 

Barbara Mauroyenis Struthers '41 

on November 29, 2003 

Marion "Betty" Falck Rich '42 

on January 19, 2004 

Dorothy French Lally '42 

on December 28, 2003 

Dorothy Harney Gallant '42 

on August 8, 2003 

Mary Hurley Cook '42 

on January 18, 2004 

Virginia Robinson Nast '42 

on December i, 2003 

Darthia Bemheim Schmidt '43 

Ruth Gilbert MerreU '43 

on February 5, 2004 

Mary Ledbetter Bastean '43 

on January 18, 2004 

Shirley McMahon Shoemaker '43 

on November 15, 2003 

Elizabeth HaU '44 in 1998 

Sarah Gray Hill '44 

on April 29, 2003 

Barbara Brown Nelson '45 

on November 7, 2003 

Elizabeth Drake Copeland '45 

on October 30, 2003 

Jean "Penny" Henry Goggins '45 

on October 28, 2003 

Elizabeth Johnson Moody '46 

on June 25, 2003 

Kathleen Wilson Rooney '46 

on December 30, 2003 

Joan Familton Gardner '47 

in August 2003 

Jean MacNeU Morse '47 

on August 24, 2003 

Nancy Stupak Parker '47 

on November 19, 2003 

Carolyn Clark Thomas '49 

in summer 2003 

Cynthia Platz Henriksen '49 

on August 8, 2003 

Kathryn Poore Hamel '49 

on September 11, 2003 

Marilyn Prince Karcher '49 

on October 3, 2003 

Joan Warren Hepburn '49 

on February 9, 2004 

Janet Deutsch Bogue '50 

on August 6, 2003 

Barbara DeVeau Martin '51 

on November 13, 2003 

Nancy Topping Heely '51 

on July 14, 2003 

Carolyn Weare Shaw '51 

in June 2003 

Pauline Coady Goodwin '52 

on August 27, 2003 

Mary Diggs Hubel '52 

on May 15, 2003 

Nancy Whelton Herold '52 

on January 20, 2004 

Carolyn Simpson Hayden '53 

on August 25, 2003 

Barbara Busch Rowe '54 

on December 13, 2003 

Carol Sharpies Pyle '54 

on September 14, 2003 

Betsey Cairns '56 in August 2003 

Suzanne Wadsworth Jonas '56 

on July 31, 2003 

Mary Jane Sauer Lockard '60 

on February 17, 2004 

Paula Wolfson Oppenheim '60 

in February 2000 

Elaine StUer Alt '65 on July 25, 2003 

Diane Hazen Greenfield '66 

in February 2002 

Martha Weisberg '72 on July 6, 2003 

Laurel Marvin '73 

on December 18, 2003 

Evelyn Alborghetti Chase '86 

on August 5, 2003 

Pamela Abelow '87 

on August 15, 2003 

Mary Kilmain (former staff) 

on September 25, 2003 

June Babcock, former Lasell dean 
and acting president, passed away 
on November 12, 2003. Hired in 
1942 by President Guy Winslow, she 
taught Latin and English and served 
the College for more than 30 years. 
In 1965, when Dr. Blake Tewksbury 
retired as president. Dean Babcock 
served as acting president for a year. 
After the departure of Dr. Vincent 
De Baun in 1968, Dean Babcock once 
again took over as acting president for 
two years. She was awarded the LaseU 
Medallion in 1970. 

Kathryn Poore Hamel '49 died on 
Thursday, September 11, 2003. A mem- 
ber of Lasell's Board of Overseers, she 
was a steadfast supporter of the College 
on many levels. She served on the 
Reunion Committee for her 50 th and 
was an Honorary Co-Chair of the LaseU 
150 Campaign. She and her husband, 
Dana A. Hamel, made a lead gift for 
the renovations to the Edwards Student 
Center and to the climate control 
system in the Brennan Library. Their 
magnificent philanthropy and dedica- 
tion to the College put the campaign 
firmly on the road to success. In 
recognition of the couple's leadership 
and commitment, the President's 
House was renamed Hamel House 
during Mrs. Hamel's 50th reunion in 
May 1999. 

Joan Warren Hepburn '49 passed 
away on February 9, 2004. An engaged 
and informed Lasell alumna, she was 
a member of the College's Board of 
Overseers. In honor of her 50th 
reunion, and in order to ensure Lasell's 
high standard of education, she made 
a leadership gift during the Lasell 150 
Campaign. A classroom in the Winslow 
Academic Center is named in her 
honor An easy-going entertainer who 
enjoyed staying in touch, she willingly 
hosted Lasell events at her Florida home 
and took pleasure in promoting the 
progress of the College. 

Class Notes Spring 2004 

Campus Update 

16 Participate 

Community Service Scholar Program Extends Its Reach 

The Community Service Scholars get together at this fall's Service and Social Action Fair. 

The Community Service Scholar pro- 
gram, established just two years ago, 
has in that short time grown from six to 
16 participants. "The CoUege has been 
very generous in making these scholar- 
ships available and we are lucky to have 
so many outstanding participants. As 
the year progresses, we want to move 
these 16 individuals from simply doing 
service to understanding their work in a 
larger context," explains Director of the 

Center for Community-Based Learning 
Sharyn Lowenstein. 

Open to students who have shown 
interest in service, the scholarship 
requires each individual to perform 50 
hours of community service per semes- 
ter as well as attend leadership training 
sessions, where the aim is to help the 
students understand the impact of their 
service. "This fall we had four meetings. 

In the first we discussed possible 
volunteer sites and then, as the semester 
unfolded, we used the meetings to 
prompt the students to step out of their 
skins and think about what they were 
getting out of their service," says 
Director Lowenstein. 

"On reflection, one student realized that 
patience was something that she needed 
to develop, another discovered that he 
loves working with children. A third 
worked in a food pantry and found 
that she wasn't just stocking shelves. 
She was drawn to a couple that came 
in separately because they had only one 
hat and one pair of gloves between 
them. She was developing relationships 
and wondering about solutions." 

"I've met people whom I would never 
have had a chance to get to know," says 
Georgia Sabean '07. "I had the opportu- 
nity to attend an alternative fall break 
conference in Holyoke, MA, where many 
community service programs were 
represented. Together we restored old 
buildings in Holyoke and we all lived 
in a church. In the evenings we partici- 
pated in communication exercises 

where everyone voiced his or her 
opinion. It wasn^t a formal conference. 
It was put together for the good of the 
community, but it also made me think 
about what service means to me." 

The program encompasses the four 
pedagogical themes of the college: 
connected learning, intellectual 
curiosity, personal responsibility, 
and civic responsibility. It also fosters 
intellectual curiosity — students must 
ask themselves what issues their work 
touches on, such as homelessness, 
poverty, and immigration problems. 
"It's a very humbling experience," 
says Nakia Garrett '06. 

"Starting a program is both fun and a 
challenge. As it evolves, the goals may 
change, but a constant hope is that it 
will impact the Lasell culture and breed 
a certain kind of student who will be 
a campus leader," says Director 
Lowenstein. The Community Service 
Scholars are people who are making 
a difference. W 

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Student Government gathers for its weekly meeting. 

I he Student Government Association 
(SGA) has taken on a new look and 
President Wayne Kreis '04 is excited 
about it. "Three years ago, SGA was 
really a social club that was involved 
with fund raising, student programs, 
and events. Starting last year, we refor- 
matted the constitution and became 
more of a legislative body. We've begun 
introducing bills, and we're getting 
things accomplished." 

"There has been tremendous, dramatic 
growth," confirms Dean of Student 
Affairs Diane Austin. "By creating a for- 

mal process for bringing bills forward, 
the group has received a real education 
on legislative process and their hard 
work has not gone unnoticed. SGA's 
level of credibility with its peers and 
with the faculty and staff has increased 

This fall, SGA took a leadership role 
in dealing with the issue of campus 
safety. The administration went to 
SGA and asked it to come up with 
suggestions and the group sprang 
into action. 

"We held two student forums on safety 
where we listened to concerns and 
asked what students wanted done," 
Wayne recalls. "The issue of visitation 
seemed to be of prime concern and so, 
in the Student Government Association 
Comprehensive Safety and Security Act 
of 2003, we put forth some policy 
changes that included a reduction in 
the number of guests allowed and a 
tri-area sign-in system. We were very 
pleased when the administration decided 
to implement our suggestions." 

SGA's Academic Affairs Committee, 
headed by Beata Grzeczkowicz '05, has 
been involved with the academic mid- 
term status report. "We canvassed the 
student body to find out if they thought 
the report was adequate, and if not, how 
they would like it changed. We then 
canvassed the faculty," says Beata, who 
meets with Vice President for Academic 
Affairs Jim Ostiow every other week. 

After careful consideration, SGA made 
its suggestions and, "we are very excited 
because this is the first proposal that 
we have put through that deals with an 
academic issue," says Beata. "Mid-term 
reports vidll now be issued two weeks 
further into the semester so that more 
grades will have been submitted. 

"Also, beginning this spring, a new 
three-tiered version will be used that 
will reflect letter grades. Good will 
represent B through A, Satisfactory will 
be B- through C and Warning will be 
C- or below. There will also be a space 
for faculty members to articulate why a 
student is receiving a warning." 

At the moment, members of SGA 
are busy planning this spring's 
"Spirit Week." Events will be held 
from Monday through Saturday and 
will include penny wars, concerts, and 
competitions. "We want to build spirit, 
morale, and enthusiasm on campus," 
says Wayne. "We're thinking about 
giving away megaphones on a 'Show 
your Spirit Day' and Lasell voices will 
be raised all over campus." 

Last year SGA was voted the student 
organization of the year. "The group 
has stepped up and gone to new 
places," says Director of Student 
Affairs Anne-Marie Kenney. "There's 
a lot of enthusiasm brewing. We 
have active and engaged leaders who 
have made people want to join in. 
We look forward to seeing SGA 
continue to grow and to nurture 
future campus leaders." "W 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves I^ 

Campus Update 

Special Offer for Qualified Ne\Arton Employees 

20 Percent Discount on Graduate Program Tuition 

Lasell has begun ofFering all qualified 
employees of the City of Newton a 20 
percent discount in tviition in the 
new Master of Science in Management 
Program as a way of recognizing 
those who serve tlie greater 
Newton commimity. 

"We want to extend the opportunity to 
participate in our cutting-edge curricu- 
lum to individuals at City Hall who 
may be able to benefit personally and 

professionally from graduate study in 
the areas of elder care and marketing 
and, who will take their new found 
skills to their positions throughout the ■ 
city of Newton," said Vice President of 
Academic Affairs, Jim Ostrow. 

"The graduate initiative at Lasell is 
part of a broader strategy to enhance all 
of the College's academic offerings, pro- 
viding undergraduates with expanded 
educational prerogatives, bringing more 

faculty onto the campus, and offering 
them challenging opportunities to teach 
at both the undergraduate and graduate 
levels, while increasing Lasell's library 
holdings, and reinforcing the College's 
reputation as an educational innovator," 
Dr. Ostrow said. 

"All of Lasell's degree-granting programs 
include practical experience through 
course-based projects, internships, prac- 
tica, clinical affiUations and on-site 

training. This experience-based 
approach to education establishes a 
sense of both connection and relevance 
— students understand the value of 
their academic work as they prepare 
to become imaginative and ethical prac- 
titioners of their chosen professions," 
Jim Ostrow explained. W 

Lasell Forges Partnership 

Creating a "Next Generation" 

of Elder Care Services Managers for Massachusetts 

Inf ith the goal of expanding the 
number of qualified individuals who 
manage and market elder care services 
throughout the region, Lasell joined 
Massachusetts Aging Services 
Association (Mass Aging), Massachusetts 
Assisted Living Facilities Association 
(MassALFA), and the Home and Health 
Care Association of Massachusetts to 
form the bold, new "Next Generation" 
graduate education initiative. 

According to the new agreement, all 
individuals employed by the member 
organizations of MassAging, MassALFA, 
and the Home and Health Care 
Association of Massachusetts will also 
be eligible to receive a 20 percent 
student tuition discount in Lasell's 
distinctive Master of Science in 
Management degree program. 

"With a growing population of elders, 
both nationally and in Massachusetts, 
there is a pressing need for trained 
individuals who understand the specific 
needs of this burgeoning population. 
Through 'Next Generation,' we hope to 
expand their knowledge and strengthen 
their ability to administer programs and 
manage organizations," said Dr. Brewer 
Doran, Director of Lasell's Master of 
Science in Management degree program. 

"Lasell is committed to exploring a 
number of aspects among the older 
adult poptolation through research, 
commimity partnerships, and teaching, 
and the 'Next Generation' initiative is a 
natural outgrowth of this commitment," 
explains President Thomas de Witt. "W 

Developed by Area Colleges 

Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Management 



Bonnie Chan, the first Lasell graduate student to take the new interdisciplinary course. 

I his spring, 15 graduate students from 
Harvard Medical School, Simmons 
College, Boston University, 
Northeastern University, and Lasell 
College are being taught by a team of 
academicians and practitioners about 

the multiple issues involved in provid- 
ing health care to older adults. 

"With a growing elder population, 
health management for older adults is a 
major issue in contemporary society," 

says Dr. Mark Sciegaj, director of the 
RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research 
on Aging and Intergenerational Studies. 
"Policy, economics, organizational struc- 
ture, and clinical care are intermingled 
in responding on societal, institutional, 
and clinical levels. 

"Through lectures and an applied 
project, students focus on effective 
outcomes and better understandings of 
the range of roles professionals may 
adopt. Through this process, it is hoped 
that students will acquire the knowledge 
base and skill-set necessary for interdis- 
ciplinary professional practice." 

Bonnie Chan, who will receive her grad- 
uate degree from Lasell this May, is cur- 
rentiy enrolled in the class. "The people 
I am working with in the class are very 
diverse and having weekly contact with 
them all is an imbelievable opportunity. 
The core faculty of the class is made up 
of a psychologist, occupational therapist, 
lawyer, social worker, and a rabbi. The 

students come from the fields of 
physical therapy, nursing, public policy, 
law, social work, health management, 
and I am the elder care management 

"Each week there is a guest speaker 
and then we tackle case studies that are 
related to the speaker's topic. For the 
case studies, we are divided into groups 
that include students from each career 
field, so that we attack the problem 
from many directions. I have learned 
so much by being exposed to all these 
different perspectives. I am so lucky to 
have had this course available to me 
before I graduate." W 

Lasell Leaves I^. 

Spring 2004 

Bragdon II Campaign Nem 

Campaign Update 

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Catfiy B/ocfc, director of Campaign and 
Planned Giving 

Eighteen months have now passed since 
the beginning of the Campaign for 
Bragdon. The challenges have been 
great, but the rewards extraordinary. 
Without a doubt, the exemplary 
$1,000,000 challenge gift made by Joan 
Weiler Amow '49 and her husband. 
Bob, in January 2003, is at the top of 
the "rewards list." Their foresight and 
confidence in the strength of Lasell has 
dearly encouraged nearly 200 of oiir 
loyal alumni and friends to rise to the 
challenge and contribute almost 
$800,000 to the building and mainte- 
nance costs of "New Bragdon." 

But this leaves $200,000 to go, and the 
final push for any goal can be the most 

difficult. Often fundraisers, including 
myself, need to re-charge at this stage 
of a campaign. 

Thankfully, the perfect opportunity 
presented itself to me for over two 
weeks in February - attending seven 
Florida alumni events and visiting 
individually with 15 of our alums. 
It was incredibly rejuvenating to see so 
many faces light up after hearing the 
many Lasell success stories. 

And happy faces can often lead to phil- 
anthropic thoughts and actions. When I 
returned from Florida, my re-charged 
feeling was validated when I received 
Martha Spector's letter (see below). 

This is why I do fundraising at Lasell. 
Surprises like this can make your day. 

Help us make this Campaign the 
success that the Arnows and nearly 200 
of our loyal alums and friends know it 
will be. And if you have already helped, 
think about a second gift, just as Martha 
did. For information on making a gift 
to the Campaign, please be in touch 
with me at either 617-243-2223 or 


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A quick note to thank you, Karen, and Tom for organizing and attending a 
wonderful week of Florida east coast alumni gatherings. As a new trustee, it 
is important to me to meet members of the various classes as well as other 
trustees and overseers. I enjoy finding out what others are doing with their 
lives and am always open to suggestions! 

The presentation by Professor Carey and her two students, Amber and 
Michelle, was well received, it gave me a new focus on yet another exciting 
program on campus. Amber and Michelle are glowing examples of the 
quality students Lasell is producing. 

I also personally wish to thank Joan and Bob Amow for their generous 
challenge to Lasell alumni and friends. I initially helped to kick off the 
Bragdon Campaign at the October '02 board meeting. Now after meeting 
with you and attending the Florida events, I have decided to make an addi- 
tional gift. (But, don't worry, I won't forget the Annual Fundi). We are so 
close to meeting the final $200,000 goal that how could I not help again?| 

I hope to see everyone at commencement in May The weekend sounds 

I am honored to be a trustee. I hope to continue to support the 
College in any way that I can. Colleges, like Lasell, must remain strong 
and competitive. 


Martha C. Spector "71" 
Trustee "08" 

P.S. Mom thanks you all for making her feel so welcome at the events, too. 
She was a hit with her hat collection and great company for me, too. 

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Spring 2004 

15 Lasell Leaves 

Aluinili News and Events 

lessage from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Affairs 

March 2004 

Dear Alums: 

The emails are flying back and forth among classmates 
making plans to come back for Rexmion Weekend, May 14- 
16, 2004. Phone calls work even better to stimulate warm 
recollections of the sounds of the laughter from friends 
with whom your ties have loosened over the years due to 
the demands of Uves that are too busy. Someone recently 
sent me this message (author unknown): 

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days 
get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. 
One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for 
our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and 
"Someday, when things are settled down a hit. " 

Guess what? "Someday" is here! One of the most overheard 
comments at Reunion is, "This has been such a blast! Why 
did I ever wait so long to return?" 

We want you to come — your friends will be here and they 
want you to come — your presence at Lasell enriches us all. 


Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Upcoming Alumni Events 

"Everything is coming up 


At Reunion 2003, President Tom de Witt sang with the New Philharmonia 
Orchestra. An alum requested the lyrics for his rendition of "Everything is 
Coming up Roses." Ruth Shuman, Dean for Institutional Advancement, 
is the author. 


Enrollment's up, endowment's gain 

another building; let's start a campaign 

First there's girls, then there's boys. 

Now the campus is roarin' with noise. 

Trash the lawn, up past dawn. 

Nights of rest-ful slee-ep are gone. 

llVhei-e to park? Drink past dark. 

Sister, everything's coming up Students! 

It's our decade— connected learning acclaimed. 
y*""^ %^ Employers love them. 

y^X^^^Y^ Students with resumes they've gained. 

y^^^A^^^ __ Lasers Win 

Space is slim 
Next we're moving to the Holiday Inn. 

Give us cash, checks are fine. 

We will think you're divine! 

So help us meet our Bragdon Campaign Coal. 

Let us cherish tradition and all that is new at Lasell." 

Call to Singers: 

Brought back by popular demand! 

Calling all former Orphean/Lamplighter/Glee Club singers and anyone else who 
wants to sing. We invite you to join your classmates in the sing-a-long segment of 
the program at the Saturday evening concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra 
on May 15, 2004, at 8 pm. If you are interested, please call (617) 243-2139. W 

Alumni Here, There, and 
Everywhere on the Lasell Campus 




/Commencement Weekend 

Nancy Lawson Donahue 

The ties that bind are strong at Lasell. 

Kathy Morgan Lucey '67 

at Lasell 


College campus 

iday. May 14-16, 2004 


Carol Rofer Hofmann 

As of September 2003, there were 19 




Carolyn Wood Brox/ 

alumni working on campus, lending 

Kellee Cormier Miller '02 

Joan Conradi McLaughlin 

their expertise to a wide variety of 

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Terry Fleming Cox/ 


Katie Parker '03 



Vivien Ash Gallagher 

Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach 

All Aliamni are invited to attend Alumni 


Linda Koed 

Jessica Lovett Anthony '98 

Jean Petrino '97 


'04, especially those whose 

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Elaine Goldman/ 

Student Affairs 


year ends 

in "9" or "4". 

Adria Goldman Gross 

Pat Ryan Cantin '63 

Nicole Houdelette Ragognetti '99 


Cathie Saunders Simard 


Graduate Admissions 

Volunteer Reunion Liaisons 


Mary Beth Bacon Sartorelli 

Jennifer Cardillo 'gi/'gS 

Katie McDonough Ryan '67 


Alumm Ofhce 


Annemarie Graziano 

The Bam 

Academic Affairs 


Celia Kinsley Percival 


Mike Carr '04 

Laura MUler Schneider '03 


Virginia Thomas Baxter/ 


ICristine Bell Smith 

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach 

Enrollment Management 

Jean Michael Petersen 


Janna O'Brien 

Amy Bronson Christy '01 

Mike Starr '02 


Dorothy Tobin Staffier/ 

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Head Men's Volleyball Coach 

Jean Campbell 

Boston Red Sox Game, 

Jennifer Dank '94/'96 

Aisha Thomas '01 


Nancy Curtis Grellier/ 

September 2, 2004, 7:05 p.m. 

The Bam 

The Bam 

Joan Weiler Amow/ 
Jean Sargent Lee/ 

"lion King," December 5 

Pierre Francois '01 

Assistant Basketball Coach 

Jarred VanDerwerken '02 

Men's Soccer Goalie Coach 

Boston ~ 

Upera House, 1:00 p.m. 

Jeanne Johnsen '72 

Betsey ShurtlefF Winter '70 


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Business Office 

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Spring 2004 

Alumni News and Events 

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From the President of the Alumni Association 

Patti Beck, President of the Alumni 

Dear Friends, 

I hope this finds you all enjoying some 
warm weather. Those of us hving in the 
Northeast suffered through one of the 
coldest winters on record and are 
looking forward to "milder" days! 

In my last letter I wrote about all the 
changes happening on Lasell's campus. 
Well, the changes are still happening 
and I hope you have all had the oppor- 
tunity to visit, or are planning a visit in 
the near future. My first year as the 
President of the Board of Management 
has been wonderful. I've been able to 

reconnect with some "old" friends who 
have recently joined the board. It has 
made me realize how truly wonderful it 
is to maintain contact with Lasell class- 
mates. And, when I hear almost daily 
about all the different happenings in 
my classmates' lives, I begin to treasure 
my time at Lasell even more. So I 
urge all of you to reconnect with your 
classmates. Find out what is going on 
in their lives. If you haven't already, 
check out the Lasell Online Alumni 
Community at 
You just might be surprised who 
is there! 

I'm keeping my update short. As with 
many of you, time is of the essence. I 
hope to see you all at Reunion '04! 

Health, happiness, and friendship, 


Patti Beck, Class of '97 

President, Lasell Alumni Association 


Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

Getting A New 

There is nothing more exciting on a 
college campus than an opportunity to 
connect current students with seasoned 
alumni. When the "Image Campaign 
Committee" of the Board of 
Management (the governing board of 
the Alumni Association) went around 
the table to introduce themselves and 
Barbara Mode annoimced that she was 
from the Class of 1947, the look of awe 
on the students' faces was evident. You 
just knew that they wanted to ask all 
sorts of questions about what it was like 
at Lasell in 1947. 

What brought these two diverse groups 
together.^ A "connected learning" 
project. Lasell Alumni, Inc., the Alumni 
Association of the College, has been 
grappling for years with the challenge of 
recormecting alumni to each other and 
to the College. The Alumni Association 
plans events like reunion, and through 
creative programs like the "Antiques 
Appraisal Event" last March, raises 
money for student scholarships. Despite 
an attempt to more aggressively market 
their events and activities, attendance 
has been waning. 

In September, Peg KeUey a strategic 
planning consultant from Facilitation 
Plus, worked with the Board of 
Management and determined that part 
of the problem might be an identity 
crisis of sorts. The Alumjii Association, 
founded in 1875, represents quite a 
diverse alumni population that, over the 
years, has evolved as the College has 
changed from female seminary, to fin- 
ishing school, to junior college and 

Members of the Image Campaign Committee: (front row, L to R) Joy Stewart Rice '^^, 
Nancy Curtis Grellier '^g, Barbara Stickle Mode '4^, Danica Huppe '06; (back row, L to R) 
Professor Margo Lemieux, Ann Mignosa '8y, Sylvie Norian '06, Professor Josh Randall, 
Diana Demirciyan 'o^, Christen Repetto '06, Urit Chaimovitz 'g8, Ruth Shuman, Dean 
for Institutional Advancement. Not pictured: Nancye Van Deusen Connor '^y, Sharon 
Carley Fitts '62, and Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46. 

from single sex to co-education. It has 
gone from awarding associate degrees, 
to baccalaureate degrees, and today 
offers graduate degrees. 

To address this issue head on, the Board 
of Management decided to give the 
Alumni Association a new identity. To 
make this happen, a subcommittee of 
the Board formed the "Image Campaign 
Committee." Members of the commit- 
tee are pictured above. 

With the help of Richard Bath, 
director of the Lasell Institute of 
Fashion Technology, and under the 
direction of Professors Margo Lemieux 
and Josh Randall, four graphic design 
sophomores: Diana Demirciyan, 
Danica Huppe, Sylvie Norian and 
Christen Repetto will be developing 
concepts for a new image campaign 
for Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

The students have conducted a client 
meeting with the "Image Campaign 
Committee" to better understand the 
goals of the project. "We don't want to 

lose the traditions and the history 

of Lasell as we create this new image," 

said Joy Stewart Rice '55. 

The student-designed concepts will be 
revealed on April 28th. The Committee 
will determine which design to 
choose and the new image will be 
launched during Reunion Weekend, 
May 14-16, 2004. 

The Committee has also asked the 
students for advice on how to best 
introduce the concept of who alumni 
are and what they do, to current 
students. Alumni woidd like to see 
more interaction wdth students long 
before they become alumni themselves. 
The final recommendations from the 
students will include a logo, slogan, 
designs for stationery, brochures, etc. 
and how to effectively launch this new 
image to old and young alumni alike. 
Please stay tuned. "W 

Alumni News and Events 

Save The Date For Future 
Alumni Gatherings! 

Are You A Florida Snowbird? Please 
Give Us Your Address So That We Can 
Send You AnJnvJlatic^To Events. 

Throughout the year, the President 
and members of the Institutional 
Advancement staff travel around the 
country to meet with alumni from all 
class years at Lasell gatherings. It's 
a chance to meet and network with 
other alumni in your geographic area 
while also hearing the latest informa- 
tion about Lasell. Please contact the 
Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 
If you can help to provide ideas, 
organize an event, etc. The office 
creates and mails all invitations, so 
as host, all that is needed is to receive 
the RSVP replies and make some 
follow-up phone calls. 

Where Are Our Alumni? 

We would like to increase attendance 
at various alumnirevents and look to 
you, our alumni, to offer suggestions 
and ideas about what you wpuld like 
to hear from your Alma Mater. We 
try to offer events that are social in 
nature, but also have an educational 

Please share your thoughts as to 
how we can be of service to you. 
Contact or 
(617) 243-2139. THANK YOU! 

If you have some memories of your 
Lasell days, which you would like to 
share, please send them to: Lasell Leaves 
Editor, 1884 Commonivealth Avenue, 
Newton, MA 02466-2716. 

Spring 2004 

Lasell Leaves 17 

Alumni News and Events 

Connecticut Valley- ii/o}-Senior Fashion major Mary Smyth '04 
talked about her experiences as a resident advisor on the campus. 
The gathering was at the Hartford Golf Club through the member- 
ship ofFaye Wadhams Smith '3S. 

Saratoga Springs, NY - u/oj - President's Reception at the home of 
Kathleen Rehmann Royka '64, center. (L) Cathy Black, Director of 
Campaign and Gift Planning, with event co-host Pell Kennedy '83 (r). 

Palm Beach Gardens, FL-2/04-Hosted by Dick and 
Thelma Greenberg Florin '^4 in their home. 

West Orange, New Jersey-ji/oj~President's Reception hosted by 
Dick and Thelma Greenberg Florin '^4 in their home. 


9 II 

Vera Beach, FL-2/04-Hosted by Brian and Pam Porter Barefoot 
'6^ in their home. 

Golden Beach, FL-2/04-Hosted by Nan Bush '^^, 
in her home. Nan, (third from left) modeled an 
antique shawl from the Lasell Museum Collection. 

Boca Raton, FL-2/04-Hosted by Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle 
'j6/H'q6 at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club. 

Cape Cod, MA-g/oj-Athletic Director Kristy Walter talked about the 
numerous athletic programs at Lasell. The gathering was at the 
Wood's Hole Country Club through the membership of Jon and 
Jewell Ward Ganger '4^. 

Naples, FL-2/04-Hosted by Dick and Marcia James Carthaus '57 
at the Colonade Clubhouse where Associate Professor Jill Carey and 
students, Amber King '04 and Michelle Bartlett '04 showcased the 
Fashion Technology Program. 

Sanibel Island, FL-2/04-Hosted by Dick and Jeannine Holway 
at the Sanctuary Club. 

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Please stay connected to Lasell and your friends. 


Osprey, FL-2/04-Hosts Baine Burrell King '48 
and her husband, Ken, are flanked by classmate 
Anne Truex Dickinson '48 and her husband 

Ken flew the Lasell flag at their home in honor of 
the occasion. 


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Spring 2004 

Annual Fund 

why Give? 

Director of Annual Giving 
Noni Linton 

lolanda Pontes '06 enjoys hearing alumni tell their stories 
about Lasell. 

liege relies on the Annual Fund to help cover a portion of its yearly 
g expenses — tuition and fees fund only 80% of the annual cost of 
operating the College. 

By contributing to the Lasell College Annual Fund you are providing critical 
support for the entire Lasell community. Examnle^f some of the yearly 
expenses include: 

ixampiesoi so 

• Athletic Uniforms ($125 each - there are 200 student athletes) - $25,000 

• Annual average cost of electricity for the campus - $330,000 

• Replacement furniture for one dorm room (for one student) - $675 

• Campus licensing agreement for Microsoft® Office - $10,000 

• Replacement of one of Lasell's vans - $30,000 

• Annual membership cost for Minuteman Library Network - $23,269 

Contributions from Lasell alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the 
CoUege have helped make it possible for the Annual Fund to support Lasell's 
work year after year. 

The 2003-2004 Annual Fund goal is $570,000. Everyone's participation at every 
level will help us achieve this ambitious effort. Throughout the remainder of the 
spring semester, Lasell students will be calling members of the Lasell community 
to encourage them to participate with as generous a gift as possible. Gifts to the 
Annual Fund are an ideal way to give back to Lasell. 

Gifts may be made by check, credit card or by visiting our secure online 
community at 

Please support Lasell College through the Annual Fund, 
because giving gives back! 

Thank you! 

Lasell student phoners appreciate the assistance that they receive in student 
financial aid, funded in part by gifts to the Lasell College Annual Fund. 

Spring 2004 

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Lasell Village 

The Living Documents Project 

Villager Betty Campbell and Amanda Beaulieu 'oj have formed a close friendship 
through "Living Documents." 

In an exdting and unusual collabora- 
tion, students from the "Internet 
Applications and Issues" course and 
"Adult Development and Aging" are 
spending time with four volunteer 
Lasell Village residents and President 
Tom de Witt to chronicle their personal 
perspectives and memories of the past. 
The objective: to record a vivid, living 
social history. 

The idea for the Living Documents 
Project started with long-standing 
College and Village Trustee, RoseMary 
Fuss, who, in honor of her father's 
birthday, had created an impressive his- 
tory of her father's experience in World 
War II on a CD ROM, explains Mark 
Sdegaj, Ph.D., director of the RoseMary 
B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies and 
member of the graduate program facul- 
ty. "She had such a deep and wonderful 
experience doing the project for her 
father that she wondered if Lasell 
students might want to do something 
similar with Village residents." 

A meeting with Dr. Sciegaj, Mrs. Fuss, 
and Professor Linda Bruenjes, Ed.D., 
director of the computer and informa- 
tion science program, yielded a 
fascinating new opportunity to blend 
talents, skills, and research into a 
multi-tiered experience called the 
Living Documents Project. 

"In my 'Adult Development and Aging* 
course, I have students interview elders 
to get a sense of people who have lived 
through different historical periods and 
made decisions in their lives," Mark 
Sciegaj explains. "We found Village 
residents who were interested in 

chronicling part of their lives and, with 
my students collecting the data, and 
Linda Bruenjes' students using their 

Preserving and sharing 
one's heritage is important 
in and of itself. 

says RoseMary Fuss, whose 
idea served as the genesis of 
this project. 

The fact that it is being 
accomplished through 
collaboration of two 
generations makes this 
project really exciting. 

Web design and technical knowledge 
to create a Web-based history, we 
developed the Living Documents 
Project to transform these stories onto 
a multi-media CD-ROM to be shared 
wdth families and friends." 

The concept, built around Lasell's 
unique connected learning approach to 
education — which seamlessly merges 
classroom theory with practice — 
provides a way for students and 
Villagers to delve into the past together 
and create a body of work that can live 
beyond the timeframe of their classes 
and time together. Additionally, the new 
project transports the learning and 
doing experiences of Lasell students 
into a real dimension where they can 

interact, respond, try and fail and ulti- 
mately build a lasting experience of 
interest, not only for themselves, but 
also for a broader constituency. 

"Five years ago, I would have had 
students create a personal Web site that 
might be of interest primarily to them 
as an assignment related to their major, 
but this allows them to practice their 
skills by working with people who are 
really looking forward to seeing the final 
project and who offer students a 
glimpse into the personal histories of 
a diverse group of citizens. One might 
describe this (learning about history 
from a primary source) as a hidden 
curriculum benefit of a student-centered 
learning activity. When students are 
engaged, they become self-directed, 
better learners," Dr. Bruenjes maintains. 

Dr. Sciegaj and his psychology students 
teamed with Dr. Bruenjes' Web coding 
and design students to form five sepa- 
rate teams, each of which would focus 
on one Village resident to teU his or her 
history as a Web page. Intrigued by the 
idea, even President Thomas de Witt 
volunteered to participate and be 

"Participating residents picked one part 
of their lives to document," explains 
Linda Bruenjes. "We held an initial 
meeting with everyone together in which 
each resident introduced himself or her- 
self so our students could get a sense of 
with whom they might want to work. 

"Residents have such fantastic stories 
to share," she continues. "One of our 
residents has a rich background as a 
mathematician; she was one of the first 

women to work with computers and is 
currently involved with AARP and 
health care issues. Another resident, 
whose background is in human 
services, was deeply involved in the 
civil rights struggle." 

Amanda Beaulieu '05, selected Village 
resident Betty Campbell as her inter- 
view subject because she had been a 
pioneer in the field of neuroscience. 
"I was interested in this project because 
I wanted to have a relationship with 
someone from another generation and 
I thought it would help me reflect on 
my own experiences and give me 
something to look forward to." 

"It has been a wonderful experience 
for everyone involved," says Dr. Sciegaj. 
"This process makes the material really 
come alive. It has had a pretty dramatic 
effect on how students understand 
how folks have lived and participated 
in different historical periods, under 
different economic circumstances, and 
with different social opportunities." 

For Linda Bruenjes' students, "working 
on techniques to illustrate material that 
I have covered in class is giving them a 
whole new experience. Here they get to 
create something that will remain long 
after the Living Documents Project is 
completed. We are hoping to present 
our project during Lasell's annual 
Connected Learning Symposium the 
week of April 19. We'll be in pretty good 
shape at that point," she says. %' 

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Spring 2004 

Lasell Village 

Lincoln Students Ring in the 
Holiday Season 

The Village Ballroom's seats were full 
on December 19, as the audience eager- 
ly awaited the arrival of students from 
Brookline's Lincoln School. A special 
affiliation exists between the PreK class 
and Villager Harriet Kaplan, who twice 
a week happily assists in their class- 
room. Now it was their turn to give back 
to her, and to all present, as they sang 
some carefully practiced holiday tunes. 

With great concentration, the young- 
sters faced the audience, and raised 
their voices. After they finished, they sat 
at the feet of Mrs. Kaplan and listened 
to the foiorth and fifth grade bell 

ringers. Dressed in white shirts and 
standing behind their red music sheets, 
the sight and sounds of these students 
were very festive. 

At the end of the program, everyone 
sang a resounding Happy Birthday to 
Mrs. Kaplan, who was turning another 
year younger that day. "On the occasion 
of your birthday, we join in celebrating 
your life," said the Lincoln School prin- 
cipal. "You give new meaning to the 
expression you're not getting older, 
you're getting better" It was truly a joy- 
ous occasion. W 

Harriet Kaplan (seated far left) and her students listen to the Lincoln School bell ringers. 

Time Covers Village's 
Living and Learning 

Villagers Vie for Position on 
Course Registration Day 

Lasell Village's unique position as 
the first continuing care retirement 
community to require a formal, individ- 
ualized contintiing education program 


brought a team of Time reporters 
and photographers to Newton. College- 
affiliated communities are a hot topic, as 
evidenced by the special "Generations" 
section of the January 19 issue. 

In an article entitled "Back to School," 
Village residents Leon Kaplan and 

Rosalind Meshekow are given extensive 
coverage. Mr. Kaplan, a Yale graduate, is 
depicted while working on a paper for 
Professor Joe Aieta's class (see story p.5). 
Ms. Meshekow, at 84, is enrolled as an 
undergraduate student at the College. 
"I hope to make it before I'm 90," 
she says. 

Asked why he and his wife, Harriet, 
picked Lasell Village to retire to, Mr 
Kaplan is quoted as saying, "We didn't 
want to sit around watching TV and 
playing bingo the way some people in 
rest homes do." With 450 hours of 
learning required each year, there is 
little chance of Villagers doing that. W 

The Time article shows how vibrant the Lasell Village community is. 
To find the story on the internet, go to:,cfi7i,noio40iig-5J4877,oo.html 

Lasell House 

It's crowded at the tables on Registration Day. 

iV hen it's course registration day. 
Villagers are up early. It's a number sys- 
tem, so to ensure enrollment in a class, 
alarm clocks start ringing well before 
6:00 a.m. This January, the first pick 
went to Grace Kaufman, who selected 
her number at 5:30 a.m. "I'm not a 
good sleeper," she explained. 

The second pick went to Anne Gaughan 
at 6:15 a.m. "After I got my number I 
went for breakfast, so now I'm full and 
tired," Anne smiled. Her first choice 
was Professor Joe Aieta's current events 
class and she was also interested in 
Professor Linda Bucci's class entitled 
"Crime and Differences Portrayed 
in Films." 

By the time registration started at 
10:00, the Village Ballroom was 
chock-a-block and people were lined up. 
After a person's number was called, he 
or she took a registration card and went 
to one of stations. Once they received 
their confirmation card, they proceeded 
to check out. 

"If s a busy day," exclaimed a Villager 
"I got the course I wanted but I still 
have three things I need to do before 
lunch." There's no moss growing 
under these feet. '^ 

When Julia Talbot celebrated her 100th birthday on March 12, it was a first for a Lasell 
House resident. Surrounded by her grandchildren who had flown in from California, Julia 
blew out the candles on her cake and was clearly enjoying her very special day. 

Spring 2004 

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Sports News 

Message from the Athletic Director 

ever North Atlantic Conference title, 
and the women's volleyball team fin- 
ished as tlie North Atlantic Conference 
nmners up. In the winter, the men's 
basketball team won their third straight 
NAC title, received their third bid to 
the NCAA Tournament and had three 
players reach the 1,000 point scoring 

In addition to competing, practicing 
and winning, the Lasell College student- 
athletes are very busy in other areas 
around campus. 

Academically, the student-athletes 
are fairing very well in the classroom. 
In the fall semester, 42 student-athletes 
were named to the Dean's List, 76 
earned a GPA of 3.0 or better, and nine 
are currently enrolled in the honors 
program. All first year student-athletes 

Director of Athletics Kristy Walter 

The 2003-2004 teams have been 
enjoying a lot of success this year. In the 
fall, the men's soccer team made their 
first appearance ever at the NCAA 
Division III Tournament, the women's 
cross country team won their first 

also attend weekly study halls and are 
academically monitored by the athletic 
department throughout the semester. 

Along with studying, the student- 
athletes at Lasell are involved in various 
leadership positions around campus 
and in the community. The student- 
athletes, who are leaders on the field, 
often choose to use their leadership 
skills in other areas. 

On campus, student-athletes are 
involved as Resident Assistants, Peer 
Mentors, Orientation Leaders, and 
First Year Seminar Co-Facilitators. 
■They also hold offices in the two biggest 
organizations on campus: the Student 
Government Association and the 
Campus Activity Board. Student-athletes 
are members of campus-wide commit- 
tees too, including the Alcohol Task 

Force and the Advisory Council. Off 
campus, many of the student-athletes 
are involved in community service 
activities including blood drives. 
Habitat for Humanity, and working 
with children after school. 

In keeping with the Division III 
philosophy, the student-athletes at Lasell 
College are encouraged to be contribut- 
ing members of the community and 
the athletic experience is meant to 
complement the overall college experi- 
ence. The student-athletes here do just 
that by becoming involved in all facets 
of campus life. 


Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Men's Soccer 

Both team and coaches look determined at a game's start. 

Overall Record: 15-3-1 
Conference Record: 8-i 

The men's soccer program is only six 
years old, but in that short span of time 
its record has been amazing. Last year 
the team won the NAC Championship 
and this year they managed to land a 
berth in the NCAA Division III 

Tournament. The team also received 
regional recognition when it was ranked 
tenth in New England by the NCAA. 

What is particrdarly impressive about 
this year's showing is that Coach 
Giovanni Pacini lost 15 players from 
last year's NAC Championship team. 
"There are 11 freshmen on the team. 

With such a young squad no one would 
have guessed what they would accom- 
pHsh," says Coach Pacini. "It is a credit 
to their dedication." 

There were certainly heart-stopping 
moments in many games: they defeated 
Saint Joseph's in overtime and the NAC 
quarter final match against Johnson 
State was scoreless for 104 minutes. 
The Lasers finally found the back of the 
net on a corner kick firom Hayden 
Barbosa '04 to Mike DeWire '06. 

Three Lasell players were named 
to the NAC All-Conference Team: 
Matt Denham '05, Hayden Barbosa '04 
and goalie Graig Murphy '05. Murphy 
was stellar in the net all season with a 
goals-against average of just over one 
per game and his accomplishments 
were recognized when he was 
nominated as an All New England 

NCAA Division III player. Mike 
Petrucelli '04 was named to the 
NAC All-Tournament team. ■¥ 

Men's Volleyball 

Coach Mike Starr '02 (a member of 
Lasell's inaugural men's team) and 
his players pause for luck before facing 
their opponent 

Women's Soccer 

Overall Record: 12-7-1 
Conference Record: 8-3-1 

The women's soccer team, led by co- 
captains Jen Crorun '04 and Sarah 
Phillips '05, had a very challenging and 
successful 2003 schedule against some 
of the best teams in New England. 

Each game was hard fought. Against 
Vermont's Castleton State College, the 
game remained scoreless until the sec- 
ond overtime, when Katie Gryckiewicz 
'07 put the ball into the net. A game 
against Husson College ended in a 0-0 
tie after two overtimes. 

Seeded fifth in the NAC tournament, 
the team upset Bay Path College, 

last year's defending NAC champions, 
with Merina Andersen '06 scoring 
three goals and Kim Jordan '05 scoring 
the fourth. Goal keeper Britney Falite 
'04, performing up to her usual high 
standards, had five saves in the win. 
She was named an All-Tournament 

With the help and support of her team, 
Merina Andersen reached a milestone 
for Lasell College by scoring 31 goals 
during the regular season, along with 
five assists, for a total of 67 points. For 
the 2003 season, she was named to the 
All-NAC First Team and was a two-time 
Player-of the-Week selection. '« 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2004 

Sports News 

Lasell College Field Hockey 

Jackie Motyl 'oy runs full tilt. 

Overall Record: 6-13 
Conference Record: 3-7 

It was a hard-fought season that includ- 
ed four overtiine losses and five losses 
decided by one goal. The team earned a 
spot to the NAC quarter finals, where 
they suffered a heart-breaking loss to 
Simmons College. 

The women continued to improve their 
offensive power in 2003, scoring 31 
goals, 16 of them by freshmen. Jimior 

Heidi Hanna led the team in scoring for 
the third straight year with 10 goals and 
seven assists and she was named NAC 
Player of the Year. Other key offensive 
players were sophomore Stephanie 
Boorman and freshmen Jackie Motyl, 
Nicole Bryant, Kari Wade and 
Amanda Wasowski. 

In the midfield, senior co-captain Tarah 
Martell and Nicole Bryant '07 made a 
significant contribution to the team. 

Defensively, senior tri-captain Meredith 
Brady's leadership and experience was a 
huge factor to their success. The team 
allowed fewer goals and fewer defensive 
corners than in 2002. 

"Meredith will be hard to replace next 
year," says Coach Jessica King, 
"but we have many talented players 
returning and we're looking forward 
to a great year." ^ 

Women's Basketball 

Overall Record: 9-16 
Conference Record: 7-10 

Every game was hard fought and there 
were many memorable moments this 
season. Early on, the women defeated 
Bay Path College and, led by Senior 
co-captain Keri Tucker, many players 

scored in the double digits, including 
Christy Silver '07, Mandi Rapisardi '06, 
and Justine Hill '07. Rapisardi also had 
10 rebounds and a whopping 16 steals. 

The MIT game was a naU-biter with 
Theresa Allen '06 scoring with 26 sec- 
onds remaining, to give Lasell the lead 

for good as they won 60-59. Allen led 
all scorers with 14 points and collected a 
team high 14 rebounds. 

In the final weekend of the season, Keri 
Tucker broke the women's basketball 
career rebounding record. She reached 
a career total of 576 rebounds and 
received a standing ovation. 

"With the wealth of experience we have 
returning, as well as the fabulous fresh- 
man class that I have worked very hard 
to get to Lasell, we should have a banner 
year," says Coach Stephanie Tobey. *« 

Men's Basketball 

Overall Record: 22-3 
Conference Record: 16-1 
NAC Champions 

It was another great year for the Lasers! 
For the third straight year they won a 
ticket to play in the NCAA Tournament. 
This came after they won the NAC 
Championship by beating Castleton 

State College. "For a team that had its 
first season in 'gS-'gg, if s quite an 
accomplishment," says a proud Head 
Coach Chris Harvey, who was named 
NAC Co-Coach of the Year 

They started the season strongly, 
winning the Brandeis Tournament 2-0. 
Demetrius Dejesus was named 

Tournament Most Valuable Player, 
scoring a double-double in the opening 
game. The Lasers' victory over Keene 
State was particularly sweet. Keene was 
ranked 24th nationally in the Division 
III poll and had won the last four meet- 
ings against Lasell. Senior Stem 
Chamblain led the team with a 19 point 

With the Laser victory over Castleton 
State College in the finals of the NAC 
Tournament, the season ended with a 
record of 25-3, the most wins ever for a 
basketball team in Lasell history. The 
Lasers then received a Pool B bid to the 
NCAA Tournament and faced Trinity 
College in Hartford, CT ^W 

Women's Volleyball 

Overall Record: 15-18 
Conference Record: 9-3 

The women's volleyball program has 
grown in leaps and bounds due to the 
athletes that have improved its quality," 
says Coach Mary Tom. "This year, four 
new colleges joined the NAC conference 
but I felt confident that the Lasers 

would be a top contender and they didn't 
disappoint me." 

In their final regular season matches, 
the Lasers captured two key three game 
wins against Maine Maritime Academy 
and Husson College. Wendy Riddle '06 
led the team in digs with 33, senior 
Massielle Morales chipped in 30 kills, 

six blocks, and four service aces, and 
setter Jennifer Craig '07 had 48 assists. 
The wdns made the team the third seed 
going into the NAC Tournament. 

After defeating the number two seed. 
University of Maine/Farmington, the 
Lasers met Mount Ida College's strong 
offense in the finals and, unfortunately, 

were unable to stop them. However, 
the skill of the Lasell players was 
recognized when Massielle Morales 
and freshman Angele Lavoie were 
named to the AU-Toumament Team. 

"We're already looking forward to 
next year's season," says Coach Tom. W 

Cross Country 

Pour new faces joined Head Coach 
Larry SuUivarfs 10 returning runners 
this fall. The team had its best year ever, 
with the women winning their first ever 
NAC Conference Championship. 
Freshman Michelle Brush raced to her 
first individual conference tide for 
Lasell, which propelled the Lasers to 
their NAC victory. 

They're off and running! 

At the begiiming of the season in 
September, Lasell was well represented 
at the Wheaton College relays. Two Laser 
teams of four competed in an eight irule 
race and the first team finished six 
minutes faster than last year. 

Next on the schedule was the Rivier 
Invitational where rookie Michelle 
Brush placed third overall in the 

women's division. On the men's side, 
Mark Henry '04 came in sixth. 
For the first time in its nuining history, 
the women's team won the Blazer 
Classic held at Elms CoUege. Michelle 
Brush broke the course record with a 
20:56 time, followed by Arianna Lungo 
'06 and Andrea Kimball '04 who placed 
fifth and eighth respectively. W 

Spring 2004 

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Sports News and Lasell College Athletic Calendar For Spring 2004 

Listings tliat appear in capital letters denote home games. 
Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. 

For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (6ij) 24y2i4j. 

Laser Alumni Join Men's Soccer 
Coaching Staff 

Men's Lacrosse 2004 

I Thursday 



4:00 p.m. 

3 Saturday 

@ MIT* 


11:00 a.m. 

6 Tuesday 

@ Mount Ida College 


3:00 p.m. 

8 Thursday 



3:30 p.m. 

10 Saturday 



1:00 p.m. 

14 Wednesday 

@ Roger Williams University 


4:00 p.m. 

17 Saturday 

@ Norwich University* 


2:00 p.m. 

20 Tuesday 

@ Mass Maritime Academy* 


3:30 p.m. 

22 Thursday 

@ Wentworth Institute of Technology 


7:00 p.m. 

24 Saturday 




*Indicates Pilgrim League conference game 

Head Coach: Tim Dimton (2nd year) 

Assistant Coaches: Jeff Maciorowski (2nd Year), Daryl Goodwin (2nd Year) 

Women's Lacrosse 2004 


3 Satiirday 

@ WNEC* 


7:00 p.m. 

7 Wednesday 



4:00 p.m. 

10 Saturday 

@ Colby Sawyer College 


1:00 p.m. 

13 Tuesday 



4:00 p.m. 

15 Thursday 



4:00 p.m. 

17 Saturday 

@ Castleton State College* 


1:00 p.m. 

22 Thursday 



4:00 p.m. 

24 Saturday 



12:00 p.m. 

27 Tuesday 



4:00 p.m. 

*Indicates NEWLA Conference game 

Head Coach: Jill Smock 
Assistant Coach: Stephanie Tobey 

Softball 2004 


I Thursday 

@ St. Joseph's CT 


3:00 p.m. 

3 Saturday 



1:00 p.m. 

4 Sunday 



1:00 p.m. 

6 Tuesday 

UMASS (Boston) 


3:00 p.m. 

6 Tuesday 



4:30 p.m. 

7 Wednesday 

©Becker College * 


3:00 p.m. 

9 Friday 

@ U Maine Farmington * 


3:00 p.m. 

10 Saturday 

@ Thomas College * 



14 Wednesday 



3:00 p.m. 

17 Saturday 



1:00 p.m. 

18 Sunday 

@ Wheelock College * 



21 Wednesday 

@ Elms College * 


3:00 p.m. 

23 Friday 



3:00 p.m. 

24 Saturday 



12:00 p.m. 

* NAC Opponent 


Head Coach: Bob McKinley (6th year) 
Assistant Coach: Tom Defilippo (6th year) 

(Left to right) Mike Carr '04 andjarrod 
Vanderwerken '02 lend their skills and 
experience to the soccer coaching staff. 

#% thick fall mist envelopes Grellier 
field, as the men's soccer team works on 
its skills. The wet and cold conditions 
are penetrating but they do not dampen 
the focus of the players and, this year, 
two of the coaches are particularly 
invested in what happens on the field, 
having been Lasell Lasers themselves. 

Goalie Coach Jarrod Vanderwerken 
graduated in 2002 and Assistant 
Coach Mike Carr is a senior this year. 
Both have impressive soccer records 
and know how many elements go into 
a winning season. "When I came as 
a freshman, it was the first season for 
meris soccer," recalls Jarrod, "In just 
six short years, the team became the 
2002 NAC champions and received 
a bid to the NCAA Division III 
Tournament this year." 

While at Lasell, Jarrod had an impres- 
sive record. He graduated summa cum 
laude and, on the soccer field, he posted 
263 saves, was named to the 2001 NAC 
All-Tournament Team, and was the first 
Laser athlete to be named to the Verizon 
Division III All-Academic team. "I 
received a contract offer from a semi- 
pro league in New Hampshire," he 
explains, "but said no because I wanted 
to make a start in the business world." 

At the moment, besides his goalie 
coaching dufies, Jarrod is working ftdl 
time as a senior accountant for a public 
accounting firm and is an adjimct pro- 
fessor of accounting at Lasell, where 
he teaches Financial Accounting in the 
evenings twice a week. "I was compli- 
mented when Professor Richard 
Frederics called and asked me if I'd be 
interested in teaching. It was really 
weird at first to find myself standing in 
front of students and I've discovered 

that classes go by much faster when 
you're the teacher," laughs Jarrod. 

Mike Carr '04, an Elementary Education 
major, used up his eligibility last year 
and the Lasers are lucky to now have 
him as a coach. Mike was named last 
year's MVP and scored the wdnning goal 
in the 2002 NAC Championship game. 

"As an Assistant Coach, I do a littie bit 
of everything," Mike says. "I've done 
some recruiting and written scouting 
reports, I review what players have 
done during games, go over what will 
be covered in practice, and send players 
to the athletic trainers if necessary." 

"The training and skills for a goalie 
versus a field player are entirely 
different: the reaction time, the 
positioning, the use of hands and feet," 
explains Mike. Both on the field and in 
the net, vnth the guidance of the entire 
coaching staff, this year's team did a 
superlative job. W 


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